a) The sound made by knocking on a door with a hard object (such as a door knocker).
b) The sound made by firing an automatic machine gun.

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  • rat-tat — n. (also rat tat tat, ratatat, rat a tat) a rapping sound, esp. of a knocker. Etymology: imit …   Useful english dictionary

  • rat-tat — (also rat tat tat) noun a rapping sound. Origin C17: imitative …   English new terms dictionary

  • rat-tat-tat — noun see rat tat …   Useful english dictionary

  • rat-tat — noun (singular) rat­a­tat …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rat-a-tat — [rat′ə tat΄] n. [echoic] a series of sharp, quick rapping sounds: also rat a tat tat …   English World dictionary

  • rat-a-tat-tat — (răt ə tăt tătʹ) n. A series of short sharp sounds, as that made by knocking on a door.   [Imitative.] * * * …   Universalium

  • rat-a-tat-tat — noun a series of short sharp taps (as made by strokes on a drum or knocks on a door) • Syn: ↑rat a tat, ↑rat tat • Hypernyms: ↑tapping * * * noun see rat a tat * * * rat a tat tat «RAT uh tat TAT», noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • rat-a-tat — noun a series of short sharp taps (as made by strokes on a drum or knocks on a door) • Syn: ↑rat a tat tat, ↑rat tat • Hypernyms: ↑tapping …   Useful english dictionary

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  • rat — acroc·e·rat·i·dae; ap·pa·rat; bac·ca·rat; be·rat; bo·rat·ed; bun·des·rat; ce·rat·ed; ce·rat·o·dus; cir·rat·u·lid; cir·rat·u·lus; cor·po·rat·ism; cor·po·rat·ist; cu·rat·age; cu·rat·ess; cu·rat·ic; de·rat; de·rat·i·za·tion; elab·o·rat·er;… …   English syllables

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