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rumbling

[ruhm-bling] /ˈrʌm blɪŋ/
noun
1.
Often, rumblings. the first signs of dissatisfaction or grievance.
2.
rumble (def 7).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see rumble, -ing1

rumble

[ruhm-buh l] /ˈrʌm bəl/
verb (used without object), rumbled, rumbling.
1.
to make a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound, as thunder.
2.
to move or travel with such a sound:
The train rumbled on.
3.
Slang. to have or take part in a street fight between or among teenage gangs:
Rival gangs rumbled on Saturday afternoon.
verb (used with object), rumbled, rumbling.
4.
to give forth or utter with a rumbling sound:
to rumble a command.
5.
to cause to make or move with a rumbling sound:
to rumble a wagon over the ground.
6.
to subject to the action of a rumble or tumbling box, as for the purpose of polishing.
noun
7.
a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound:
the rumble of tanks across a bridge.
9.
a rear part of a carriage containing seating accommodations, as for servants, or space for baggage.
11.
Slang. a street fight between rival teenage gangs.
Origin
1325-75; 1940-45 for def 3; (v.) Middle English romblen, rumblen; compare Dutch rommelen, probably of imitative orig.; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
rumbler, noun
rumblingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. roar, thunder, roll, boom.
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Examples for rumbling
  • Colleges face a challenge to masculinity that bulging muscles, rumbling voices, and jacked-up pickup trucks won't remedy.
  • Again, the rumbling timpani signal an approaching tiger.
  • Let the bees go honey-hunting with yellow blur of wings in the dome of my head, in the rumbling, singing arch of my skull.
  • All the way back to the knight school he kept rumbling about in his mind seeking an explanation for what had occurred.
  • His rumbling low notes and airy higher ones, suggested sounds of nature.
  • The students and disciples of that generation are well into their middle years, rumbling along on mental capital from long ago.
  • When an elephant takes note of a swarm of bees, it emits a distinct rumbling call.
  • When you hear an airplane rumbling overhead, you can freeze, or you can take a step.
  • As they move through the forest they make plenty of rumbling, howling calls to ensure that they stay out of each other's way.
  • And in those deaths, public health experts hear the distant rumbling of a global catastrophe.
British Dictionary definitions for rumbling

rumble

/ˈrʌmbəl/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a deep resonant sound thunder rumbled in the sky
2.
to move with such a sound the train rumbled along
3.
(transitive) to utter with a rumbling sound he rumbled an order
4.
(transitive) to tumble (metal components, gemstones, etc) in a barrel of smooth stone in order to polish them
5.
(transitive) (Brit, informal) to find out about (someone or something); discover (something) the police rumbled their plans
6.
(intransitive) (US, slang) to be involved in a gang fight
noun
7.
a deep resonant sound
8.
a widespread murmur of discontent
9.
another name for tumbler (sense 4)
10.
(US & Canadian, NZ, slang) a gang fight
Derived Forms
rumbler, noun
rumbling, adjective
rumblingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch rummelen; related to German rummeln, rumpeln
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Word Origin and History for rumbling
rumble
late 14c., probably related to M.Du. rommelen "to rumble," M.H.G. rummeln, O.N. rymja "to shout, roar," all of imitative origin. The noun is attested from late 14c. Slang noun meaning "gang fight" is from 1946. Meaning "backmost part of a carriage" is from 1808 (earlier rumbler, 1801), probably from the effect of sitting over the wheels; hence rumble seat (1912).
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Slang definitions & phrases for rumbling

rumble

noun
  1. Information or notification given to the police: The cops had gotten a rumble that gangsters were holed up (1911+ Underworld)
  2. A police search or raid; roust: If there's a rumble, we do the time (1940s+ Police)
  3. A fight between street gangs: Teenagers Injured in Brooklyn Rumble (1940s+ Street gang)
verb

To steal; loot: ending a run by rumbling everything from airline glasses to grub (1970s+ Airline)


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