• Behind him a fierce roar indicated that the lion was in pursuit
    Behind him a fierce roar indicated that the lion was in pursuit
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v roar laugh unrestrainedly and heartily
    • v roar utter words loudly and forcefully "`Get out of here,' he roared"
    • v roar make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles "The wind was howling in the trees","The water roared down the chute"
    • v roar emit long loud cries "wail in self-pity","howl with sorrow"
    • v roar make a loud noise, as of animal "The bull bellowed"
    • v roar act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way "desperadoes from the hills regularly roared in to take over the town"-R.A.Billington"
    • n roar a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal) "his bellow filled the hallway"
    • n roar a deep prolonged loud noise
    • n roar the sound made by a lion
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The lion roars at the villagers looking down at him The lion roars at the villagers looking down at him
The lion roars at the man The lion roars at the man

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of two.
    • n Roar The sound of roaring. "Arm! arm! it is, it is the cannon's opening roar !""Pit, boxes, and galleries were in a constant roar of laughter."
    • Roar To be boisterous; to be disorderly. "It was a mad, roaring time, full of extravagance."
    • Roar To bellow, or utter a deep, loud cry, as a lion or other beast.
    • v. t Roar To cry aloud; to proclaim loudly. "This last action will roar thy infamy."
    • Roar To cry loudly, as in pain, distress, or anger.
    • Roar To cry with a full, loud, continued sound.
    • Roar To laugh out loudly and continuously; as, the hearers roared at his jokes.
    • Roar To make a loud noise in breathing, as horses having a certain disease. See Roaring, 2.
    • Roar To make a loud, confused sound, as winds, waves, passing vehicles, a crowd of persons when shouting together, or the like. "The brazen throat of war had ceased to roar .""How oft I crossed where carts and coaches roar ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only big cat that doesn't roar is a Jaguar
    • roar To cry with a full, loud, continued sound; bellow, as a beast.
    • roar To cry aloud, as in distress or anger.
    • roar To make a loud, continued, confused sound, as winds, waves, a multitude of people shouting together, etc.; give out a full, deep sound; resound.
    • roar To laugh out loudly and continuously; guffaw.
    • roar To behave in a riotous and bullying manner.
    • roar To make a loud noise in breathing, as horses in a specific disease. See roaring, n., 2.
    • roar Synonyms and To bawl, howl, yell.
    • roar To boom, resound, thunder, peal.
    • roar To cry aloud; proclaim with loud noise; utter in a roar; shout: as, to roar out one's name.
    • n roar A full, loud, and deep cry, as of the larger beasts.
    • n roar A loud, continued, confused sound; a clamor; tumult; uproar.
    • n roar The loud, impassioned cry of a person in distress, pain, anger, or the like; also, a boisterous outcry of joy or mirth: as, a roar of laughter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.
    • v.i Roar rōr to utter a full, loud sound: to bellow, as a beast: to cry aloud: to bawl: to guffaw
    • n Roar a full, loud sound: the cry of a beast: an outcry of mirth, esp. of laughter
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  • Winston Churchill
    “I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery --always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Don't let your will roar when your power only whispers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. roren, raren, AS. rārian,; akin to G. röhten, OHG. rrn,. √112


In literature:

The constant roar has made my head ache, and I am dead tired, having worked hard all day, and I must give an account of this another day.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
And now the roar from these shoals filled the air.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Roar after roar was the answer.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
At the sight of Sam's discomfiture a roar of laughter went up from the others.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
From far up the canyon came the roar of a rapid, and from below the roar of another, heavier and closer.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
He set up a roar of rage and broke loose from his keeper.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
The Neanderthaler roared with pain and sank gradually to his knees.
"B. C. 30,000" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
I could no longer distinguish anything clearly, and the shouting sounded in my ears like the thunderous roaring of the ocean.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Prayers to God and cries to those in safety rang above the roaring waves.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
The engines roared with thunderous throats, a roar that seemed to drown the laboratory in solid waves of sound.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak

In poetry:

Then spoke the captain, brave and true,
His voice rose o’er the roar;
“The boat will save us all but five,
She cannot float with more!”
"'The Seabolt's Volunteers'" by Henry Lawson
Day dawned,--unbolted was our door:--
The snowflakes whirled like foam,
’Tis cloud and storm, the wild winds roar
Why comes my love not home?
"The Sun Went Down" by Avetik Isahakian
"He told them, when the winds that roar'd
Around that isle had ceas'd to breathe,
Was the fated night of sacrifice
In the gloomy vaults beneath.
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
Or let us tread the ocean shore;
And, while its surges rise and roll,
Their voice sublime, their blended roar,
Shall fall like music on the soul.
"Morning Thoughts" by John Bowring
Loud was the crash and wild the roar,
The mighty Ludd is now no more;
The broad hill trembled when he fell,
His fate the sighing breeze did tell.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
And that Flower bleeds out, wildly staining the sky;
And the lions roar to see the day-flower die—
They roar together on the tops of the hills
While with little pale blossoms the dark sky fills.
"The Ape" by Walter James Turner

In news:

A PIECE OF WORK The mouth that roars.
John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer Treated to another piece of LeBron James magic in the final second of Saturday afternoon's first half, ecstatic fans at Quicken Loans Arena roar their approval at James' 3-pointer from just inside midcourt.
DAMASCUS — The day begins here with the call to prayer and ends with the roar of gunfire.
Sedan Nods to Practicality , Roars With Sensuality.
Casey Stoner roars his Ducati around turn 4 on Friday afternoon.
In Iowa, Obama toils while GOP roars.
World's largest drainage pumping station roars to life on West Bank.
Reb Roars From Last to Win American Derby.
The Patriots trailed 21-7 early in the third quarter before roaring back in the second half.
"You can do it," roared the announcer at Dorney Lake.
Bikers roared across Wilson Saturday to show their colors for a good cause.
On Memorial Day at about 1 pm, Howard Chesin of Amagansett was driving a 2004 Toyota Highlander at the 30-mile-per-hour speed limit on Town Lane in that hamlet when a black pickup truck came roaring up behind him.
Mist rose from the hatchery falls at Roaring River State Park as fishermen packed the banks on the opening day of trout season this past Saturday.
CARBONDALE, Colorado — The lone charter school operating as part of the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 wants to change its enrollment policy to allow siblings of current students automatic enrollment into the school.
As LeBron James was walking to Miami's home bench for the final time this regular season, he raised his left arm to acknowledge the roars of another sold-out crowd.

In science:

In all, the Rayleigh-Taylor instability and knot formation are expected when a thick and slow shell has a fast wind roaring through it.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis