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v. rum·bled, rum·bling, rum·bles
1. To make a deep, long, rolling sound.
2. To move or proceed with a deep, long, rolling sound.
3. Slang To engage in a gang fight.
1. To utter with a deep, long, rolling sound.
2. To polish or mix (metal parts) in a tumbling box.
1. A deep, long, rolling sound.
2. A tumbling box.
3. A luggage compartment or servant's seat in the rear of a carriage.
4. Slang
a. Pervasive, widespread expression of unrest or dissatisfaction.
b. A gang fight.

[Middle English romblen, perhaps from Middle Dutch rommelen or from Middle Low German rummeln.]

rum′bler n.
rum′bling·ly adv.
rum′bly adj.
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(ˈrʌm blɪŋ)

1. Often, rumblings. the first signs of dissatisfaction or grievance.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rumbling - a loud low dull continuous noiserumbling - a loud low dull continuous noise; "they heard the rumbling of thunder"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
Adj.1.rumbling - continuous full and low-pitched throbbing sound; "the rumbling rolling sound of thunder"
full - (of sound) having marked deepness and body; "full tones"; "a full voice"
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n [thunder] → grondement m; [traffic] → grondement m; [stomach] → gargouillement m rumblings
rumblings of discontent → des murmures de mécontentement
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(of thunder)Grollen nt no pl; (of cannon)Donnern nt no pl; (of stomach)Knurren nt no pl; (of train, truck)Rumpeln nt no pl
rumblings plGerüchte pl; there are rumblings that …man munkelt, dass …
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈrʌmblɪŋ] n (of stomach, thunder, pipe) → brontolio; (of traffic) → ronzio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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I listened, and heard on the other side of the door a shouting voice, accompanied by an extraordinary rumbling and whistling sound, traveling backward and forward, as well as I could judge, over a great space.
I had barely time to notice this before I heard the rumbling and whistling sounds approaching me.
In a life whose worth is told out in passages from port to port, the splash of the anchor's fall and the thunderous rumbling of the chain are like the closing of a distinct period, of which she seems conscious with a slight deep shudder of all her frame.
There were no wagons rumbling on the streets, no factory whistles, no hum of electricity in the air, no passing of street cars, no cries of news-boys--nothing but persons who at rare intervals went by like furtive ghosts, themselves oppressed and made unreal by the silence.
The bull's bellowing lessened to a low rumbling, he turned and scraped a horde of flies from his side with his muzzle, cast a final glance at the ape-man and resumed his feeding.
They separated, and, despite the rumbling of low growling in their throats, refrained from attacking each other as they plunged out to the ground.
The old stage coach was rumbling along the dusty road that runs from Maplewood to Riverboro.
Extra special"--blazing fiercely; the charitable appeals for the victims, the grave tones of the dailies rumbling with compassion as if they were the national bowels.
"And now," said master, "when you have got your breath, James, we'll get out of this place as quickly as we can," and we were moving toward the entry, when from the market-place there came a sound of galloping feet and loud rumbling wheels.
Finally, above the banging, and rumbling, and shouting, and hissing of steam rang the order to "cast off!"--a sudden rush to the gangways--a scampering ashore of visitors-a revolution of the wheels, and we were off--the pic-nic was begun!