chattering


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the rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine

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the high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys)

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Then, with a great deal of chattering and noise, the Winged Monkeys flew away to the place where Dorothy and her friends were walking.
Then all the Winged Monkeys, with much laughing and chattering and noise, flew into the air and were soon out of sight.
Having received this information, the little princess and Mademoiselle Bourienne, whose chattering voices had reached her from the corridor, went into Princess Mary's room.
At sight of me several of the savage creatures left off worrying the great brute to come slinking with bared fangs toward me, and as I turned to run toward the trees again to seek safety among the lower branches, I saw a number of the man-apes leaping and chattering in the foliage of the nearest tree.
I tried him with some other questions, but his chattering, prompt responses were as often as not quite at cross purposes with my question.
Notwithstanding that both Clayton and his wife kept a sharp lookout they saw nothing of larger animals, though on two occasions they had seen their little simian neighbors come screaming and chattering from the near-by ridge, casting frightened glances back over their little shoulders, and evincing as plainly as though by speech that they were fleeing some terrible thing which lay concealed there.
All in all, it has added a brand new connotation to the phrase 'chattering classes'.
While chattering is cute, it isn't quite as happy a sound as chirping.
Heston takes a shine to the newly qualified recruit but Sid's appointed mentor Zara is less impressed with his constant chattering. Meanwhile, Jimmi and Heather's new relationship is in tatters when he discovers she's betrayed him.
What kind of a freedom of expression is it that has possessed our chattering classes so dazzlingly that it knows of no bounds or limits and they are giving such a blatant display of it increasingly so recklessly and self-conceitedly?
OPEN chiefs claim the pressure to end their links with men-only clubs is driven by the "chattering classes".
Known for its chirpy, chattering song, the starling is often heard singing from trees in gardens and parks.
SHADOW Welsh Secretary Peter Hain was last week quick to rubbish claims that Ed Miliband was already struggling as leader of the Labour Party as "chattering class nonsense".
They use pacifiers to stop the chattering. By showing the pacifiers, they may be advertising their practices and, possibly, availability.