Thunder rumbled in the distance.
The train rumbles through town twice a day.
We watched as the trucks rumbled past.
The gangs rumbled in the alley. Noun
I was awakened by the rumble of a train passing by.
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Aside from lights, your teen will appreciate the advanced features including three-way trigger locks and rumble motors to bring the game to life.—Casey Clark, Parents, 17 Nov. 2023 The latest entry of the American series, Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), drops the association entirely in favor of comic book rumbles, with a fisticuffs-rich sequel planned.—Asher Elbein, Scientific American, 3 Nov. 2023 But the demolition controversy continued to rumble through the courts.—TIME, 11 Oct. 2023 While Williams and the passing game were largely inconsistent, Lloyd was a steadying force, rumbling downhill with reckless abandon.—Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2023 Target is ready to rumble and give Amazon’s October version of Prime Day — Prime Big Deal Days — a run for its money with its upcoming Circle Week sale.—Ali Faccenda, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 Gustavo Varela, Greater Lawrence — The sophomore rumbled for 132 yards and a trio of touchdowns on 14 carries for the Reggies in a 49-18 nonconference win over Hamilton-Wenham.—Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 Every so often — usually once a day — a freight train rolls off a barge at Sunset Park and rumbles along the bottom of the weedy trench, headed north.—Curbed, 13 Sep. 2023 Sony's Gamescom press conference in Cologne Germany is still a few hours away, but big announcements aren't made without large amounts of rumbling across the gaming press and retail sources.—Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 7 Nov. 2023
Low-frequency rumbles, such as aircraft engines, are significantly reduced, and even midrange frequencies are diminished to a surprising degree (though no noise-canceling headphones can fully silence voices, babies crying and other higher-frequency sounds).—Geoffrey Morrison, wsj.com, 2 Nov. 2023 The singer, who has taken in Siriano's show from the front row before, arrived fashionably late surrounded by hulking bodyguards who escorted her to her seat amid a rumble of excitement from attendees.—Anika Reed
usa Today, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 An afternoon rumble of thunder may accompany a downpour or two.—A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 The rumble of a mixing truck can be heard through the tent’s thin fabric, while a large group of ants hopes for a snack to fall to the ground on a nearby sidewalk.—Diego Nicolás Argüello, Pitchfork, 2 Nov. 2023 Possessing a lower frequency to white noise and with a neutral, more organic feel, brown noise sounds similar to the steady fall of rain, or the low rumble of thunder.—Georgia Day, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2023 The quietly ominous rumble at the start of Tesori’s score gives way to a chorus of fliers whose stentorian march morphs into a neo-Baroque fugue.—Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 29 Oct. 2023 Any rumbles of thunder are most likely in eastern Massachusetts, including Boston.—Mary Gilbert, CNN, 20 Oct. 2023 Then, a rumble of ominous thunder takes the pair in different directions – Bluey into playtime, and Chilli into a rush to yank the clothes off the line.—Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English; akin to Middle High German rummeln to rumble