rambling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rambling of a path e.g. "meandering streams","rambling forest paths","the river followed its wandering course","a winding country road"
    • adj rambling (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects "amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things","a rambling discursive book","his excursive remarks","a rambling speech about this and that"
    • adj rambling spreading out in different directions "sprawling handwriting","straggling branches","straggly hair"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Rambling răm"blĭng Roving; wandering; discursive; as, a rambling fellow, talk, or building.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rambling The act of wandering about, or from place to place.
    • n rambling A roving excursion or course; an indefinite or whimsical turning back and forth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rambling moving about irregularly: desultory
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Freq. of M. E. ramen, to roam.

Usage

In literature:

He strolled out aimlessly and began to ramble without purpose.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
In his nocturnal rambles he encountered the Mask.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873" by Various
Eugene goes for her shawl and they take a little ramble.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I can take a book to read, to while away the time while you are up the mountain; or I can ramble about, I suppose.
"Rollo in Naples" by Jacob Abbott
We'll have a ramble there on Saturday, take our lunch, and bring back our bundles.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
He would rather ramble idly about and beg for food to fill his empty stomach.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
Father and Emily went down the lake in the yacht this afternoon and I started out for a ramble.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
It was a happy moment when we finally set out for the long rambling voyage to the southern isles.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
In the meantime, the unconscious seniors rambled happily on.
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed
It was a pleasant summer evening, and they enjoyed the rambles that they took very much indeed.
"Rollo in Scotland" by Jacob Abbott
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In poetry:

We trust an expanded mission
Will fill us with joy to the brim,
As we ramble the fields of glory,
With genial and faithful friend Tim.
"Tim" by Jared Barhite
She came; she lodged. Wherever she rambled
They held her as no other than
The lady named; and told how her husband
Had died a forsaken man.
"A Woman's Fancy" by Thomas Hardy
And the children who ramble through here
Conceive that there never has been
A time when no tall trees grew here,
A time when none will be seen.
"At Day-Close In November" by Thomas Hardy
When drops first fell at six o'clock,
the bathers left. The last car's gone.
Sun's final rays reflect upon
the streaking rain, the rambling dock.
"The Beach" by Weldon Kees
We told o'er all that we had done,—-
Our rambles by the swift brook's side
Far as the willow-skirted pool,
Where two fair swans together glide.
"The Mother's Return" by William Wordsworth
Rides and rambles, sports and farming,
Home, the heart for ever warming,
Books, and friends, and ease,—
Life must after all be charming, Full of joys like these.
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

John R Adams Host Early Morning Ramble Alternate Fridays 4am til 7am Broadcaster, Early Morning Ramblel.
Oh, didn't he ramble : Editorial.
Fall ramble ' coming to LaGrange.
It's the Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble .
Medford's Black Record Collection Starts to Ramble Again.
Fall Ramble at the Historic Linwood Cemetery.
ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com A tour group listens as Don Cope tells historical stories about Columbus residents who are buried in Huston Lot of the Linwood Cemetery during the 16th Annual Fall Ramble Thursday.
Free Movement, by Eric Wallis, is featured in a one-man show opening at M. Phillip s Gallery during the Downtown Ramble from 5 to 7 pm today.
Midnight Ramble documents African-American cinema.
A Culinary Ramble Around Brooklyn.
Memory Hill Cemetery will host a " Ramble ".
MILLEDGEVILLE — Memory Hill Cemetery will host a " Ramble " to explore the symbolism and history within the cemetery at 2 pm Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children.
Rambling in the Woods.
She called it " rambling ," but I call it wisdom of a young woman sold out for God.
Rambling Through the Rockies.
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In science:

Figure 4: A bug’s ramble through some rotors: before and after.
Goldbug Variations
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