• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rumbling continuous full and low-pitched throbbing sound "the rumbling rolling sound of thunder"
    • n rumbling 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
    • Rumbling a. & n. from Rumble v. i.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rumbling A low, heavy, continued rattling or jarring sound; a rumble. The peculiar rumbling of the bowels is technically called borborygmus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rumbling a low, heavy, continued sound
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Teut.; found in Dut. rommelen, rummeln.


In literature:

Almost simultaneously from the eight there burst forth an exclamation, a rumbling curse of comprehension.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
Now and then, Humphrey Goode would rumble something, and, once in a while, he could hear Gladys's trained and modulated voice.
"Murder in the Gunroom" by Henry Beam Piper
He heard behind him the diminishing rumble and roar of the fugitive motors.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The men had no sooner begun to look around the huge underground chamber when a fearsome growl rumbled through the cave.
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton
Up-stairs little Ellen lay in her bed, her doll in her arms, listening to the low rumble of masculine voices in the room below.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
In the middle of the night citizens of small towns along the route were awakened by the unceasing rumble of trains.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
The rumblings of the drum are heard again; the men and women dancers take their places; once more the chorus surround the musicians.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
The moon-jeep crunched and clanked and rumbled over the gently undulating lava sea beneath its giant wheels.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
All night long the dull rumble of explosives told me that the rangers, led by the wearer of the Croix de Guerre, were toiling away.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
Haney rumbled in his throat.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster

In poetry:

I hear the thunder rumbling through the rain,
I feel the lightning flicker round my head;
The blizzards buffet me, but I remain
Dumb as the dead!
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
And now again we sit in a circle,
and planet rain rumbles at walls,
and the heavy gaze like a rope over table,
and clouds of silence stand still.
"The Glimpse" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
He scoured the country, rumbling like a tempest;
Far, near, they heard his roar,
Until at last his seven-league feet grew tired,
And he could go no more.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
The evening is dead. The night blackens.
The sea rumbles. The gloom deepens.
The barque of yearning is seized by darkness.
The storm howls in the watery depths.
"Barque Of Yearning" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont
And life recedes, recedes; the curve is bare,
My handkerchief flutters blankly in the air;
And the question rumbles in the void:
Was she aware, was she after all aware?
"Valedictory" by Aldous Huxley
Ever in restlessness onward I stumble
Seeking and pining scarce heeding my way.
Now have I stray'd where the wide waters rumble,
Back to the scene of the lost yesterday.
"The Bride Of The Sea" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

Where Construction Activity is Rumbling Now.
What's causing the pipe to rumble .
The New Political Rumbling .
Seismic study hints at a rumbling Mars.
What makes my stomach rumble when I'm hungry.
Rumbling Bass A Longtime Favorite With the Bush Clan.
That's the number the Port Authority expects to rumble daily to the memorial planned for the World Trade Center area.
Architects hope to protect buildings by letting them rumble instead of crumble.
Even though SEPTA suspended all of its services shortly after midnight on Monday, subway cars could be heard rumbling on the Market-Frankford line in the late afternoon.
Futuristic rock, rumble and roll in a 9.2-channel system with extensive acoustical treatments.
T he rumbling shakes the floor and the sneakers of 30 or so people taking in the vibrations.
Rumble in Apple's ' Walled Garden'.
Ten, 15 years ago, it used to happen all the time after Jackie Chan burst through with "Rumble in the Bronx".
Rumble in the holiday season with the Blazin' Yuletide Ride on Friday at the Harley Davidson Museum.
A second-race spill involving four riders yesterday overshadowed the Aqueduct feature, in which Thunder Rumble won the Montauk Stakes.