rum·bling | \ˈrəm-b(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of rumbling 

1 : rumble

2 : general but unofficial talk or opinion often of dissatisfaction usually used in plural rumblings of political trouble— Anthony Burgess

Examples of rumbling in a Sentence

There were rumblings about rising prices.

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Tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder Work hard, be true to yourself, embrace diversity and seize the moment. Lindsey Bever,, "Why you should probably stop snacking at work," 14 June 2018 While a pair of commitments is a solid weekend for Oregon State, early rumblings indicate the Beavers are far from finished with their impressive haul. Andrew Nemec,, "Trevon Clark, JC WR, commits to Oregon State Beavers," 10 June 2018 There have been a few rumblings over the years about the Talawanda Braves, said Holli Morrish, spokeswoman for that Butler County school district, but there does not seem to be a serious conversation about making a change. Carol Motsinger,, "Tribute or racial slur: Is it time for schools to give up Native American mascots?," 11 June 2018 With few exceptions, there have been no rumbling volcanoes or major earthquakes. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "New England Is Sitting on a Bed of Hot Rocks," 1 Apr. 2018 Kawhi Leonard awoke Friday still under the employ of the Spurs, despite rumblings leading to Thursday’s draft the team might be compelled to deal its disillusioned superstar. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs aim to hang onto Leonard — for now," 22 June 2018 There are rumblings that Vancouver (No. 7) and Chicago (No. 8) are dangling their first-round picks. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers dilemma: Move up in NHL draft for potential star or keep two quality picks?," 18 June 2018 After Kilauea's 1924 summit explosions, the volcano entered a decade of piddly rumblings, followed by 18 years of silence. Sophia Yan And Malcolm Ritter, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hawaii volcano spews out lava ... and information for scientists," 7 June 2018 Despite rumblings of a more sustained air campaign against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the strike echoed the one-off bombardment Trump ordered one year ago. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The many things Trump didn’t accomplish in the latest Syria strike," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rumbling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of rumbling

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

rumblings : written or spoken comments showing that people are unhappy about something

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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