• 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
    • adj roaring very lively and profitable "flourishing businesses","a palmy time for stockbrokers","a prosperous new business","doing a roaring trade","a thriving tourist center","did a thriving business in orchids"
    • adv roaring extremely "roaring drunk"
    • n roaring a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal) "his bellow filled the hallway"
    • n roaring a deep prolonged loud noise
    • ***

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.
    • Roaring A loud, deep, prolonged sound, as of a large beast, or of a person in distress, anger, mirth, etc., or of a noisy congregation.
    • Roaring (Far) An affection of the windpipe of a horse, causing a loud, peculiar noise in breathing under exertion; the making of the noise so caused. See Roar v. i., 5.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only big cat that doesn't roar is a Jaguar
    • n roaring A loud, deep cry, as of a lion; an outcry of distress, anger, applause, boisterous mirth, or the like; loud continued sound, as of the billows of the sea or of a tempest.
    • n roaring A disease of horses which causes them to make a singular noise in breathing under exertion; the act of making the noise so caused; also, this noise. The disease is due to paralysis and wasting of certain laryngeal muscles, usually of the left side; this results in a narrowing of the glottis, giving rise to an unnatural inspiratory sound, manifested chiefly under exertion.
    • roaring Making or characterized by a noise or disturbance; disorderly; riotous.
    • roaring Going briskly; highly successful.
    • roaring A kind of humming-top.
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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.
    • Roaring act or sound of roaring: a disease of horses causing them to roar in breathing
    • ***


  • 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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rárian; Mid. High Ger. rēran, Ger. röhren, to cry as a stag, to bellow.


In literature:

"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Just now roar and roar again.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Sitting down on a stone, he shut his eyes, opened wide his mouth, and roared vehemently.
"Freaks on the Fells" by R.M. Ballantyne
Directly afterwards we heard a roar, and another lion sprang from the cover, the first replying with a roar which made the welkin ring.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The shock, the shout and the roar continued.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
The athlete could hear the voice of the elderly man, who with his free hand had torn the gag from his mouth, roaring encouragement.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
The heat, pouring out from the flashing, roaring arc sent prickles of aching burns over Kendall's skin.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
Another fearful roar put an end to indecision, and they ran at the top of their speed toward the hoped-for refuge.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
They washed the dishes, and then built a roaring fire of great logs directly in front of the cabin.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
A roar of laughter greeted this.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow

In poetry:

From his humble dwelling
On the shingly shore,
Where the billows swelling
Keep such hollow roar --
"The Lee Shore" by Thomas Hood
As a cataract's roar
Do our names flow out;
Though to this thread of beads
Could our meeting
Be compared…
"As a cataract's roar" by Ise
Within me cornfields rustle,
Niagaras roar their way,
Vast thunderstorms and rainbows
Are in my thought to-day.
"Sunshine" by Vachel Lindsay
As set the tides, so we,
After the stress and roar
Along life's shore,
Shall one day set toward the eternal sea!
"The Tides" by Clinton Scollard
Watcha gonna do when de tall flames roar,
Tall flames roar, Mistah Lovin' Man?
Gonna love my brwonskin better'n before—
Gonna love my baby lak a do right man,
Gonna love my brown baby, oh, my Lawd
"Memphis Blues" by Sterling A Brown
Then the thunder roared and the lightning dashed in bright array,
And was one of the greatest storms ever raged over Table Bay,
And the ill-fated vessel drove in towards the shore,
While the Storm Fiend did laugh and loudly did roar.
"The Wreck of the 'Abercrombie Robinson'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Roaring River State Park will offer catch-and-release fishing from 8 am to 4 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through Feb 13, 2012.
Coward's 'Private Lives' roars again.
Rocky Business — A Rebel's Roar.
Our View North Atherton Street's boom keeps roaring.
The clinic represents an expansion of services for Blair Orthopedics , which also has offices in Altoona and Roaring Spring.
South Pacific' roars into Gertrude Ford Center.
We are the liberal media—hear us roar.
LONDON — The capacity crowd at the Olympic Velodrome on Tuesday roars in anticipation.
Minibosses, Treasure Mammal, ROAR, Father's Day and Space Alien Donald are scheduled to perform Saturday, August 4, at Trunk Space.
" PeeWee " Ritchey, 72, formerly of Roaring Spring and Claysburg, died Saturday.
Sedan Nods to Practicality, Roars With Sensuality .
Seraphin helps Washington roar past Orlando, 93-85.
A sister, Mindy Imler-Knisely (Joe) of Roaring Spring.
Matt Hazenstab found Steamer on Monday at the Spring Dam in Roaring Spring, while Tuesday's winner was Karen Natoli, who spotted Steamer at the McDonald's near the Meadows Intersection.
Now, it has roared back from its bottom.

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