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rumble

verb rum·ble \ ˈrəm-bəl \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

Definition of rumble

rumbled; rumbling play \ˈrəm-b(ə-)liŋ\
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
1 : to utter or emit in a low rolling voice
2 British : to reveal or discover the true character of

rumbler

play \ˈrəm-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of rumble in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of rumble from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rumble

Middle English; akin to Middle High German rummeln to rumble

rumble Synonyms

Synonyms

growl, grumble, lumber, roll;

Related Words

boom, drum, thunder;

bellow;


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rumble

noun

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 amin 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 in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of rumble from the Web

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First Known Use of rumble

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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RUMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

rumble

Definition of rumble for English Language Learners

  • : 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


rumble

Definition of rumble for English Language Learners

  • : a low, heavy sound or series of sounds

  • : a fight in the street especially between gangs


RUMBLE Defined for Kids

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rumble

verb rum·ble \ ˈrəm-bəl \

Definition of rumble for Students

rumbled; rumbling
: to make or move with a low heavy continuous sound
  • A truck rumbled by.

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rumble

noun

Definition of rumble for Students

: a low heavy rolling sound a rumble of thunder


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