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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Such rumblings could one day offer a new way for researchers to monitor eruptions and their plumes. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Listen to the first ever sounds of volcanic thunder on record," 13 Mar. 2018 Madigan shows no signs of leaving anytime soon, and so far there aren’t loud rumblings in his party of a coup. Rick Pearson,, "Harassment allegations put Speaker Madigan on defensive after long history of being in control," 8 June 2018 There are, however, rumblings of dissent in the country. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Sisi won Egypt’s election. That doesn’t mean he’s safe.," 3 Apr. 2018 Cary Fukunaga wowed critics as the director of all eight episodes of the first season but famously didn't return for the second iteration after rumblings of friction between him and Pizzolatto. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'True Detective' Season 3: All the Details (So Far)," 14 Feb. 2018 Diehard GoT fans might've already heart rumblings of Watts' casting in recent weeks, as rumors of her joining the prequel series broke earlier this month on fan blogs. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Prequel Just Cast Naomi Watts as a Lead," 30 Oct. 2018 Prompted by rumblings from Medicare and private insurers over potential changes to payments, Gundersen decided to nail down the numbers. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "What Does Knee Surgery Cost? Few Know, and That’s a Problem," 21 Aug. 2018 Washington’s Fifth Congressional District: a Republican giant faces down the rumbling of a blue wave Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican leader in the House, is facing one of the toughest reelection fights of her career. Li Zhou, Vox, "August 7 primary: live results for Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, and Washington," 7 Aug. 2018 The case against Cannizaro mounted, and rumblings from those on and around the team trickled to athletic director and former baseball coach John Cohen. Ross Dellenger,, "How Mississippi State Baseball Turned a Season That Began in Humiliation Into a Trip to Omaha," 15 June 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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