rumble


1rum·ble

verb \ˈrəm-bəl\

: to make a low, heavy, continuous sound or series of sounds

: to move along with a low, heavy, continuous sound

: to fight especially in the street

rum·bledrum·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of RUMBLE

intransitive verb
1
:  to make a low heavy rolling sound <thunder rumbling in the distance>
2
:  to travel with a low reverberating sound <wagons rumbled into town>
3
:  to speak in a low rolling tone
4
:  to engage in a rumble
transitive verb
1
:  to utter or emit in a low rolling voice
2
British :  to reveal or discover the true character of
rum·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of RUMBLE

  1. Thunder rumbled in the distance.
  2. The train rumbles through town twice a day.
  3. We watched as the trucks rumbled past.
  4. The gangs rumbled in the alley.

Origin of RUMBLE

Middle English; akin to Middle High German rummeln to rumble
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to RUMBLE

Synonyms
growl, grumble, lumber, roll

2rumble

noun

: a low, heavy sound or series of sounds

: a fight in the street especially between gangs

Full Definition of RUMBLE

1
a :  a low heavy continuous reverberating often muffled sound (as of thunder)
b :  low frequency noise in phonographic playback caused by the transmission of mechanical vibrations by the turntable to the pickup
2
:  a seat for servants behind the body of a carriage
3
a :  widespread expression of dissatisfaction or unrest
b :  a street fight especially among gangs

Examples of RUMBLE

  1. I was awakened by the rumble of a train passing by.

First Known Use of RUMBLE

14th century

Other Audio Recording Terms

baffle, dub, fidelity, transcription, treble

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