Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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rattle

That property of a sheet of paper which produces noise when the sheet is shaken. While rattle is generally considered to be dependent on such characteristics as density and stiffness of the sheet, recent investigations indicate that the property is primarily associated with the presence of numerous extremely short fibers among the normal (longer) fibers of the paper, as well as a high proportion of hemicelluloses binding them together. (17 , 139 )




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