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.

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Set to a minimalist soundtrack of guitar strumming and engine rumbling, the video treats us to a view of the Salt Lake City skyline at sunset before moving on to pleasing closeups of bubbles foaming up as the coffee is filtered through the machine. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "This tilting kettle will make your coffee-loving friends livid," 20 Aug. 2018 The rumbling of a rocket launch creates a tremendous amount of noise, shaking and vibrating the booster and the sensitive payload at the top of the stack. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 This league, as evidenced by the latest rumbling that surfaced on Wednesday morning, is nothing if not unpredictable. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Q&A: Kevin Durant talks free agency, report of LeBron James' meeting with Warriors," 6 June 2018 In 2017 Chanel publicly shut down rumblings of a Slimane hire. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Secret Weapon, Succeeds Him at Chanel," 19 Feb. 2019 Fears about the euro flared up again in 2015 as the left-wing Syriza party took control of Greece amid rumblings about a return to the drachma. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Italy and the Euro Crisis: How We Got Here," 29 May 2018 Amid rumblings that Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert is a potential No. 1 NFL draft pick next year, the program secured itself at least four more years of Herbert over the weekend, as younger brother Patrick Herbert committed to the Ducks. Andrew Nemec,, "Patrick Herbert, Oregon Ducks 4-star TE commit, wants to play with older brother, 'excited' about future," 15 May 2018 Meanwhile, rumblings of Cristiano Ronaldo's desire for a new and improved deal at the club following Lionel Messi's hike in pay at Barcelona have also not gone away., "Real Madrid Still Planning to Spend Big This Summer Despite Needing Bailout for Astronomical Wages," 4 May 2018 The ultrasensitive instrument also can detect seismic rumblings of other origins: the thump of a meteorite impact, shivers produced by dust storms. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "‘Marsquakes’ are a thing, and this NASA spacecraft will go look for them," 3 May 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
: written or spoken comments showing that people are unhappy about something

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