• WordNet 3.6
    • v ramble move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment "The gypsies roamed the woods","roving vagabonds","the wandering Jew","The cattle roam across the prairie","the laborers drift from one town to the next","They rolled from town to town"
    • v ramble continue talking or writing in a desultory manner "This novel rambles on and jogs"
    • n ramble an aimless amble on a winding course
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ramble (Coal Mining) A bed of shale over the seam.
    • Ramble A going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an excursion or stroll merely for recreation. "Coming home, after a short Christmas ramble ."
    • Ramble A section of woods suitable for leisurely walking.
    • Ramble a type of dance; as, the Muskrat ramble .
    • Ramble To extend or grow at random.
    • Ramble To talk or write in a discursive, aimless way.
    • Ramble To walk, ride, or sail, from place to place, without any determinate object in view; to roam carelessly or irregularly; to rove; to wander; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the world. "He that is at liberty to ramble in perfect darkness, what is his liberty better than if driven up and down as a bubble by the wind?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ramble To roam or wander about in a leisurely manner; go from point to point carelessly or irregularly; rove: as, to ramble about the eity or over the country.
    • ramble To take a wavering or wandering course; proceed with irregular turns, windings, or transitions; show a lack of definite direction or arrangement: as, a rambling path or house; a rambling discourse; the vine rambles every way; he rambled on in his incoherent speech.
    • ramble To reel; stagger.
    • ramble Synonyms Ramble, Stroll, Saunter, Rove, Roam, Wander, Range., Stray. Ramble, by derivation, also stroll and saunter, and stray when used in this sense, express a less extended course than the others. To ramble or stroll is to go about, as fancy leads, for the pleasure of being abroad. To saunter is to go along idly, and therefore slowly. One may saunter or stroll, stray or wander, along one street as far as it goes. To ramble, rove, or roam is to pursue a course that is not very straight. One may rove, roam, or wander with some briskness or for some object, as in search of a lost child. One may wander about or stray about because he has lost his way. The wild beast ranges, roves, or roams in search of prey. Roam expresses most of definite purpose: as, to roam over Europe.
    • n ramble A roving or wandering movement; a going or turning about irregularly or indefinitely; especially, a leisurely or sauntering walk in varying directions.
    • n ramble A place to ramble in; a mazy walk or tract.
    • n ramble In coal-mining, thin shaly beds of stone, taken down with the coal, above which a good roof may be met with.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Ramble ram′bl to go from place to place without object: to visit many places: to be desultory, as in discourse
    • n Ramble a roving about: an irregular excursion: a place in which to ramble
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For rammle, fr. Prov. E. rame, to roam. Cf. Roam


In literature:

It was just such a place as he would choose to ramble in, book in hand, and dream away many a pleasant hour.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
For an hour Andrew Malden rambled on.
"The Transformation of Job" by Frederick Vining Fisher
Tom's big, kind voice rambling cheerily and replied to by the soft and unformed murmuring of the child.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Due to the old-fashioned, rambling style of the house, the rustic stairway did not really detract from its beauty.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
A good night's rest in the cottage, close beneath the unceiled roof, prepared the bird-lover for an all-day ramble.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
Oh, those lovers' rambles!
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
This second ramble quite exhausted us, without producing any prey but a tanager, far too small to afford food for so many.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Nor is it delirium now; the rambling is only in sleep.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Any time yo' craves a ramble on de cushions, roun' me up.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
Vixen rode from early morning till noon, and rambled in the Forest for the best part of the afternoon.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon

In poetry:

WE that have done and thought,
That have thought and done,
Must ramble, and thin out
Like milk spilt on a stone.
"Spilt Milk" by William Butler Yeats
They look in every tuft of grass
Thats in their rambles met
They peep in every bush they pass
And none the wiser get
"The Landrail" by John Clare
In the homestead, homely thought;
At my work I ramble not;
If from home chance draw me wide,
Half-seen Una sits beside.
"Una" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunday shall we ride together?--
Not the root-rough, rambling way
Through the wood we went that day,
In last summer's sultry weather.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
And when bright Sol sinks in the West
You'll return home at night quite refreshed,
And dream in your beds of your rambles during the day
Along the bonnie braes o' the silvery Tay.
"Beautiful Newport on the Braes o' the Silvery Tay" by William Topaz McGonagall
"And who are you in hiding, who goes 'neath this late moon?"
"I am your true Dearvorgil, glad you are home thus soon."
"No hour for wives to ramble; but wherefore do you weep?"
"With joy for your returning—I wandered in my sleep."
"False Dearvorgil" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Estimated " Ramble " time is 1 1/2 hours.
' Ramble ' to show support for people fighting addiction.
To Kirstin Copeland and her staff at Ridgway State Park in conjunction with the numerous community volunteers who made the 14th annual Ramble at the Reservoir event on Friday, September 21, a huge success.
At 92, Henry Knauber can ramble a lot better than I.
The First Annual North Georgia Art Ramble is a self-guided open studio tour of 27 studios and galleries situated in six North Georgia counties.
Bill Knowlton, host and organizer of the annual Bluegrass Ramble .
Forget rolling on the river, Boise WaterShed will have families rambling .
Tom Grieve on Dave Barnett's on-air Rangers ramble : I thought, 'I'm not sure where he's going with that'.
The Coast Ridge Ramble has been on the air on Saturday's from 1-3pm since 1994.
Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble .
The Band's drummer-vocalist holds regular "Midnight Rambles" at his Woodstock, N.Y. Barn, with numerous guests, and he'll bring that loose, Southern medicine-show vibe to Old Town's annual fundraiser.
Rocket Club, featuring KFAN personality Chris Hawkey, will perform Saturday at Ramble Jam.
Ramble Jam country music festival returns this weekend.
Ramble with the Roving Reporter.
I do some of my very best thinking while I am rambling around.

In science:

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