rum·​bling | \ ˈrəm-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce rumbling (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The rumbling intensified, as Gabriel ushered his mom and sister into the street. Fox News, 4 July 2021 While filming The Underground Railroad, the new limited series adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, the director was caught off guard by a rumbling beneath his feet. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 14 May 2021 Conditions worsened on Sunday at a volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as loud rumbling, lightning and heavy ashfall were observed and residents reported power cuts. Kristin Deane,, 11 Apr. 2021 The rumbling was heard in the capital of Kingstown, about 20 miles south. Kristin Deane,, 11 Apr. 2021 The rumbling was heard in the capital of Kingstown, about 20 miles south. Kristen Deane, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2021 The rumbling was heard in the capital of Kingstown, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south., 11 Apr. 2021 When that reluctance faded, the room would be awash in names, private roars made great public rumbling. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 No residents were injured and no properties were damaged during the rumbling, Captain Mike Perruccio said., 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rumbling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rumbling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rumbling

: a low, heavy, continuous sound or series of sounds
: written or spoken comments showing that people are unhappy about something


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