• WordNet 3.6
    • v rumble to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds "he grumbled a rude response","Stones grumbled down the cliff"
    • v rumble make a low noise "rumbling thunder"
    • n rumble a fight between rival gangs of adolescents
    • n rumble a servant's seat (or luggage compartment) in the rear of a carriage
    • n rumble a loud low dull continuous noise "they heard the rumbling of thunder"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The rumble that is created when a Harley's engine runs has been patented by the company
    • Rumble A low, heavy, continuous sound like that made by heavy wagons or the reverberation of thunder; a confused noise; as, the rumble of a railroad train. "Clamor and rumble , and ringing and clatter.""Merged in the rumble of awakening day."
    • Rumble A noisy report; rumor. "Delighting ever in rumble that is new."
    • Rumble A rotating cask or box in which small articles are smoothed or polished by friction against each other.
    • Rumble A seat for servants, behind the body of a carriage. "Kit, well wrapped, . . . was in the rumble behind."
    • v. t Rumble To cause to pass through a rumble, or shaking machine. See Rumble n., 4.
    • Rumble To make a low, heavy, continued sound; as, the thunder rumbles at a distance. "In the mean while the skies 'gan rumble sore.""The people cried and rombled up and down."
    • Rumble To murmur; to ripple. "To rumble gently down with murmur soft."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rumble To make a deep, heavy, continued and more or less jarring sound: as, the thunder rumbles.
    • rumble To murmur.
    • rumble To move with a deep, hoarse, thundering or jarring sound; roll heavily and noisily.
    • rumble To roll about; hence, to create disorder or confusion.
    • rumble To cause to make a deep, rattling or jarring sound; rattle.
    • n rumble A deep, heavy, continuous, and more or less rattling or jarring sound, as of thunder; a low, jarring roar.
    • n rumble Confused reports; rumor.
    • n rumble Confusion; disorder; tumult.
    • n rumble A revolving cylinder or box in which articles are placed to be ground, cleaned, or polished by mutual attrition. Grinding- or polishing-material is added according to the need of the case.
    • n rumble A seat for servants in the rear of a carriage. Also rumble-tumble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Rumble rum′bl to make a confused noise from rolling heavily: to roll about
    • v.t Rumble to rattle
    • n Rumble a low, heavy, continued sound: a jarring roar, rumour: confusion: a seat for servants behind a carriage: a revolving box in which articles are polished by mutual attrition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. romblen, akin to D. rommelen, G. rumpeln, Dan. rumle,; cf. Icel. rymja, to roar


In literature:

And while everyone waited, wondering and fearing, a low, deep rumbling was heard beneath their feet.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
A distant rumble reached her and the surface of the earth seemed to vibrate faintly beneath her feet.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
This time it was not the rumbling sound and the fearful vibration of the ground that aroused the two saddle boys; but a far different cause.
"The Saddle Boys of the Rockies" by James Carson
Each minute now was cut into by a roar, or a fainter rumble.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
The men stared in silence as the death cart rumbled along the lines.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The thunder, at first a mere rumble, rose rapidly to crash after crash that stunned their ears.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
His deep notes rumbled only at intervals.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
Into the drive rumbled a big automobile, almost like a large moving van.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on Grandpa's Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
On rumbled the big auto, and Bunny and Sue lay in the bunks having a nice ride.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony" by Laura Lee Hope
Nothing as yet was to be seen and no faintest rumble of approaching wheels reached any of the listeners.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
That evening, without further mishap, they rumbled into the hamlet of Poldau.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
At that instant a big column of water shot upward and a dull rumbling could be heard.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
A hurrying car rumbled and echoed past on the Broadway tracks.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
She was to sit in the rumble of the carriage behind.
"A Flat Iron for a Farthing" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
She hesitated, and again the faint rumbling sound pointed to some person stirring and she went into the next room.
"While Caroline Was Growing" by Josephine Daskam Bacon
His last words of hate were mingled with the rumblings of the storm close over head.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
A distant rumble came to their ears.
"The Moving Picture Girls at Oak Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
A fragment of wall fell with a rumbling crash.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
With a hollow rumbling the carriage passed the streams.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
What was that deep, distant rumbling?
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart

In poetry:

WHERE the trolley's rumble
Jars the bones,
He hears waves that tumble
Green-linked weed along the golden stones.
"The Woodsman In The Foundry" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
"Splash, dash!
Rumble and crash!
Here come the beavers gay;
See what they do,
Rosy, for you,
Because you helped me one day."
"Splash, Dash!" by Louisa May Alcott
Their rescue nigh? The sound of joy
And hope have ceased, and ere
A breath is drawn a rumble heard
Re-drives them to despair.
"The Hartley Calamity" by Joseph Skipsey
Hark! A rumble I hear
(Will the wind not be still?),
And it comes down the hill,
And it grows on the ear,
And now it is near.
"Welcome Home" by Robert Fuller Murray
Laigh it was; yet sweet, tho' humble!
Deckt wi' hinnysuckle round;
Clear below, Esk's water's rumble,
Deep glens murmuring back the sound.
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Far beneath the bridge a mountain-stream did boil and rumble,
And on that night did madly toss and tumble;
Oh! it must have been an awful sight
To see the great cataract falling from such a height.
"Saving a Train" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Lately around the blogosphere there has been rumbling about the portrayal of Liz Lemon, the lead character played by Tina Fey on 30 Rock, this season.
Osha fire rumbling freely in Sangres.
Sit Back , Relax, Get Ready to Rumble.
But quieting his nightly rumble has saved him "a few elbows to the head.".
Earthquake Rumbles in Ocean Near Solomon Islands .
We picked five who are (get ready to rumble, commenters) more important than the rest.
Let's get ready to rumble: The races to watch in 2012.
Within minutes, Facebook and Twitter were rumbling with reactions.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Florida overnight and rumbled into the Gulf of Mexico.
I was thinking that they could probably hear my stomach rumbling from three tables away.
Thurl Ravenscroft, who provided the long, rumbling "They're Grrrrreeeat".
Visit Jonas Beals's blog: The Rumble.
With the flick of a switch, a hidden bar rumbles out from a wall panel.
The collaborative processes used to create the service have been tweaked, but concerns still rumble through the Web.
33rd ABATE of Tulsa Toy Run set to rumble through town Sunday.