- Inflections of 'rumble' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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rum•ble /ˈrʌmbəl/USA pronunciation
v., -bled, -bling, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to make a deep, rolling and continuous sound, such as thunder:[no object]The thunder rumbled in the distance. His stomach rumbled from hunger.
- to move or travel with such a sound:[no object]The heavy planes rumbled down the runway.
- to say or give out with a rumbling sound: [no object]rumbling about the high price of gas.[used with quotations]"Just a minute, just a minute,'' he rumbled.
- Slang Terms[no object]to take part in a street fight between teenage gangs.
- a rumbling sound.
- Slang Termsa street fight between teenage gangs.
(rum′bəl),USA pronunciation v., -bled, -bling, n. v.i.
- to make a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound, as thunder.
- to move or travel with such a sound:The train rumbled on.
- Slang Termsto have or take part in a street fight between or among teenage gangs:Rival gangs rumbled on Saturday afternoon.
- to give forth or utter with a rumbling sound:to rumble a command.
- to cause to make or move with a rumbling sound:to rumble a wagon over the ground.
- to subject to the action of a rumble or tumbling box, as for the purpose of polishing.
- a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound:the rumble of tanks across a bridge.
- TransportSee rumble seat.
- Transporta rear part of a carriage containing seating accommodations, as for servants, or space for baggage.
- Mechanical EngineeringSee tumbling box.
- Slang Termsa street fight between rival teenage gangs.
- 1325–75; 1940–45 for def. 3; (verb, verbal) Middle English romblen, rumblen; compare Dutch rommelen, probably of imitative origin, originally; (noun, nominal) Middle English, derivative of the verb, verbal
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged roar, thunder, roll, boom.
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rumble /ˈrʌmbəl/ vb
- to make or cause to make a deep resonant sound: thunder rumbled in the sky
- to move with such a sound: the train rumbled along
- (transitive) to utter with a rumbling sound: he rumbled an order
- (transitive) Brit informal to find out about (someone or something); discover (something): the police rumbled their plans
- (intransitive) US slang to be involved in a gang fight
Etymology: 14th Century: perhaps from Middle Dutch rummelen; related to German rummeln, rumpelnˈrumbler n ˈrumbling adj
- a deep resonant sound
- a widespread murmur of discontent
- US Canadian NZ slang a gang fight
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