Definition of rumbling in English:

rumbling

noun

  • 1A continuous deep, resonant sound.

    ‘the rumbling of wheels in the distance’
    • ‘First bad light and then the rumbling of thunder and the flashing of lightning forced the players from the field.’
    • ‘The soft rumbling of thunder outside the house awoke him.’
    • ‘Each huge clap of thunder reverberated round the mountains for so long that its noise would be interrupted by the next, causing a continuous rumbling for hours on end.’
    • ‘There was a distant rumbling above him that gradually got louder.’
    • ‘Steady rumblings have been recorded indicating the upward movement of magma.’
    • ‘A flash of lightning struck, answered by the rumbling of menacing thunder.’
    • ‘A slight rumbling in her stomach reminded her to eat.’
    • ‘She heard in the distance the rumbling of thunder that drew closer by the minute.’
    • ‘The floor began vibrating, and a rumbling from the ground below shook the tower.’
    • ‘Everything seemed to go quiet, save for the distant rumbling of thunder.’
    • ‘The next morning, she woke up to the ominous rumbling of thunder in the distance.’
    • ‘I lean back against the kitchen counter, ignoring the rumbling in my stomach.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a deep rumbling broke her concentration, and her heart jumped into her throat.’
    • ‘Suddenly they all heard a deep rumbling, and the ground began to shake violently!’
    • ‘Over the noise came a deep rumbling, like the engines of several bulldozers.’
    • ‘A familiar low rumbling sounded above the running water.’
    • ‘Great flashes of light illuminated the whole area, punctuated by the rumbling of thunder clouds.’
    • ‘Without warning, the smell, the sound, the rumbling just stopped.’
    • ‘Simon opened his mouth to say something but was interrupted by the distant rumbling of thunder.’
    • ‘Donna becomes quiet for a moment, hearing rumbling coming from another room.’
    reverberation, resonance, throbbing, throb, vibrating, pulsation, pulsing, rumble, beating, beat, drumming, drum, thumping, thump, thrumming, thrum, pounding, pound, palpitating, palpitation
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    1. 1.1often rumblings An early indication or rumour of dissatisfaction or incipient change.
      ‘there are growing rumblings of discontent’
      • ‘Recently, a few rumblings of discontent with the institutional status quo have been felt from various parts of Canada.’
      • ‘When the economy went south a few years ago, the rumblings regarding California's business climate grew to a roar and the business climate problems become more evident.’
      • ‘Just as the 1848 revolutions challenged the comfort of bourgeois life, so there were rumblings of musical discontent around the 1850s.’
      • ‘I also hear there have been rumblings of discontent among some of the fans over the timing of our trip.’
      • ‘The rumblings of discontent are getting louder, more sustained.’
      • ‘There were rumblings of insurrection and dissatisfaction at various levels.’
      • ‘When there were still no results a year later, there were rumblings of dissatisfaction over the handling of the case.’
      • ‘There have been rumblings of impatience and dissatisfaction on Capitol Hill recently that lawmakers are using the arms procurement bill as a political power-struggle tool.’
      • ‘The rumblings of discontent in the French army could be heard in the summer of 1916.’
      • ‘Indeed ominous rumblings of discontent could be heard beneath the cheerful banter of returning faculty and staff.’
      • ‘The truth behind the man is revealed as well as his history in the early rumblings of the revolution.’
      • ‘Over the past few decades there have been rumblings within the field of economics.’
      • ‘But despite the public show of unity from the current council, rumblings of discontent were not far from the surface.’
      • ‘In the equity market, there do appear to be rumblings of renewed interest.’
      • ‘Despite rumblings of discontent with the party's performances over the past two years, it will come as a major surprise if Boyce is not re-elected to the position.’
      • ‘As the rumblings of the critics grow louder, the performer insists he is better than ever.’
      • ‘And indeed ominous rumblings of discontent could be heard beneath the cheerful banter of returning faculty and staff.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, the move caused a few rumblings of discontent on the various web-sites as fans criticised the club for once again selling off its brightest young talent at the first opportunity.’
      • ‘By 2000, rumblings of discontent have made themselves manifest in the party.’
      • ‘There have been rumblings of discontent among national further education unions about what some characterise as the ‘dumping’ of disaffected school kids in colleges.’

adjective

  • 1Making or constituting a deep resonant sound.

    ‘rumbling trams’
    ‘a rumbling noise’
    • ‘Jonathan was interrupted by a deep rumbling sound that came from behind the vehicle.’
    • ‘In cross-examination Mr. Howe admitted that even when standing still you could hear the rumbling sound of both vehicles, that he could see a little vibration.’
    • ‘There were shouts in the distance, a rumbling sound like heavy machinery.’
    • ‘He thought he heard a rumbling sound, a deep voice coming from somewhere far away.’
    • ‘A piercing white light from one of the tunnels preceded a deep rumbling noise, warning of the roller coaster's arrival.’
    • ‘There was a loud rumbling sound from their right.’
    • ‘Off in the distance I could hear rumbling thunder as it approached us.’
    • ‘I was on a business trip when my wife called and told me that the sound system for the TV was generating some really loud rumbling noises.’
    • ‘People were watching a half-filled water cooler that was emitting an ominous rumbling sound.’
    • ‘There was a rumbling sound in the distance so Richard got up to see what was happening.’
    • ‘The sheer genius of the disc though is how quickly it goes from a light pop sound to a deep, rumbling industrial sound.’
    • ‘A rumbling sound drew her attention to a small movement behind her.’
    • ‘Her rumbling stomach made her think that it must be getting near time for dinner.’
    • ‘The discrete sounds are all well mixed with powerful, rumbling bass steady throughout.’
    • ‘While not overly powerful, the woofer provides deep, rumbling bass tones that compliment the rich sounds produced by the speakers.’
    • ‘She mimicked the sound of rumbling traffic on a nearby highway.’
    • ‘There was no sound except for the rumbling thunder and the splash of water on the city's cobbled streets.’
    • ‘A few moments later, I noticed a slight rumbling sound.’
    • ‘It was slightly deep but it definitely had a rumbling sound to it.’
    • ‘I'm woken up by a loud, extended rumbling noise which is impossible to pinpoint.’
    resonant, sonorous, ringing, resounding, reverberating, reverberative, reverberant, reverberatory, carrying, thundering, thunderous, roaring
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    1. 1.1 (of dissatisfaction or a dispute) continuing in a persistent but low-key way.
      ‘a rumbling dispute about changes to working conditions’
      • ‘The announcement of plans to cancel 1,300 flights is a dramatic signal to worried passengers that a long-rumbling dispute has now turned nasty.’
      • ‘In the meantime, however, the rumbling row over foundation trusts is likely to continue.’
      • ‘There was also a rumbling disagreement over finance.’
      • ‘The vice chancellor hopes an increased budget will end the still rumbling dispute at the University of Namibia.’
      • ‘Chief officers from two authorities will thrash out a way of resolving a rumbling war over Trowbridge's expanding pigeon population.’

Pronunciation

rumbling

/ˈrʌmblɪŋ/