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    rattle

    Hello everyone
    I'd like to ask about the meaning of the verb 'to rattle' in the following passage.

    In the controlled conditions of practice, everything was mostly spicy, with only occasional crackups like what happened with Spahiu. But in the chaos of the battlefield the EW1s were pretty much regularly rattled, and as soon as that happened, they stopped working.

    The author talks about energy weapon. But I'm not sure what 'rattle' mean in this context. Does it mean something like 'shake'.

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    Re: rattle

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Hello everyone
    I'd like to ask about the meaning of the verb 'to rattle' in the following passage.

    In the controlled conditions of practice, everything was mostly spicy, with only occasional crackups like what happened with Spahiu. But in the chaos of the battlefield the EW1s were pretty much regularly rattled, and as soon as that happened, they stopped working.

    The author talks about energy weapon. But I'm not sure what 'rattle' mean in this context. Does it mean something like 'shake'.

    Yes, in this context, it sounds as if the weapons themselves were shaken or disturbed by gun or cannon fire or whatever.

    Fiona

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    Re: rattle

    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    Yes, in this context, it sounds as if the weapons themselves were shaken or disturbed by gun or cannon fire or whatever.

    Fiona
    Thank you very much, Fiona.


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    #4

    Re: rattle

    KLPNO, what are EW1's, people or weapons?

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    #5

    Re: rattle

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    KLPNO, what are EW1's, people or weapons?
    EW1 is a model of an energy weapon, a kind of a riffle that fires stream of energy.

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