Definition of rumbling in US English:

rumbling

noun

  • 1A continuous deep, resonant sound.

    ‘the rumbling of wheels in the distance’
    • ‘A flash of lightning struck, answered by the rumbling of menacing thunder.’
    • ‘The floor began vibrating, and a rumbling from the ground below shook the tower.’
    • ‘A familiar low rumbling sounded above the running water.’
    • ‘Without warning, the smell, the sound, the rumbling just stopped.’
    • ‘Over the noise came a deep rumbling, like the engines of several bulldozers.’
    • ‘She heard in the distance the rumbling of thunder that drew closer by the minute.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I lean back against the kitchen counter, ignoring the rumbling in my stomach.’
    • ‘There was a distant rumbling above him that gradually got louder.’
    • ‘First bad light and then the rumbling of thunder and the flashing of lightning forced the players from the field.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a deep rumbling broke her concentration, and her heart jumped into her throat.’
    • ‘A slight rumbling in her stomach reminded her to eat.’
    • ‘Steady rumblings have been recorded indicating the upward movement of magma.’
    • ‘Everything seemed to go quiet, save for the distant rumbling of thunder.’
    • ‘Suddenly they all heard a deep rumbling, and the ground began to shake violently!’
    • ‘Great flashes of light illuminated the whole area, punctuated by the rumbling of thunder clouds.’
    • ‘Simon opened his mouth to say something but was interrupted by the distant rumbling of thunder.’
    • ‘The next morning, she woke up to the ominous rumbling of thunder in the distance.’
    • ‘The soft rumbling of thunder outside the house awoke him.’
    • ‘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 rumor of dissatisfaction or incipient change.
      ‘there are growing rumblings of discontent’
      • ‘In the equity market, there do appear to be rumblings of renewed interest.’
      • ‘There were rumblings of insurrection and dissatisfaction at various levels.’
      • ‘Over the past few decades there have been rumblings within the field of economics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There have been rumblings of discontent among national further education unions about what some characterise as the ‘dumping’ of disaffected school kids in colleges.’
      • ‘The rumblings of discontent are getting louder, more sustained.’
      • ‘By 2000, rumblings of discontent have made themselves manifest in the party.’
      • ‘But despite the public show of unity from the current council, rumblings of discontent were not far from the surface.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the rumblings of the critics grow louder, the performer insists he is better than ever.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just as the 1848 revolutions challenged the comfort of bourgeois life, so there were rumblings of musical discontent around the 1850s.’
      • ‘And indeed ominous rumblings of discontent could be heard beneath the cheerful banter of returning faculty and staff.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When there were still no results a year later, there were rumblings of dissatisfaction over the handling of the case.’
      • ‘I also hear there have been rumblings of discontent among some of the fans over the timing of our trip.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The rumblings of discontent in the French army could be heard in the summer of 1916.’
      • ‘Recently, a few rumblings of discontent with the institutional status quo have been felt from various parts of Canada.’

adjective

  • Making or constituting a deep resonant sound.

    ‘a rumbling noise’
    ‘a rumbling ancient air conditioner’
    • ‘It was slightly deep but it definitely had a rumbling sound to it.’
    • ‘Her rumbling stomach made her think that it must be getting near time for dinner.’
    • ‘Jonathan was interrupted by a deep rumbling sound that came from behind the vehicle.’
    • ‘Off in the distance I could hear rumbling thunder as it approached us.’
    • ‘There was no sound except for the rumbling thunder and the splash of water on the city's cobbled streets.’
    • ‘There was a loud rumbling sound from their right.’
    • ‘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 was a rumbling sound in the distance so Richard got up to see what was happening.’
    • ‘People were watching a half-filled water cooler that was emitting an ominous rumbling sound.’
    • ‘A piercing white light from one of the tunnels preceded a deep rumbling noise, warning of the roller coaster's arrival.’
    • ‘The discrete sounds are all well mixed with powerful, rumbling bass steady throughout.’
    • ‘He thought he heard a rumbling sound, a deep voice coming from somewhere far away.’
    • ‘I'm woken up by a loud, extended rumbling noise which is impossible to pinpoint.’
    • ‘A rumbling sound drew her attention to a small movement behind her.’
    • ‘The sheer genius of the disc though is how quickly it goes from a light pop sound to a deep, rumbling industrial sound.’
    • ‘A few moments later, I noticed a slight rumbling sound.’
    • ‘She mimicked the sound of rumbling traffic on a nearby highway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were shouts in the distance, a rumbling sound like heavy machinery.’
    • ‘While not overly powerful, the woofer provides deep, rumbling bass tones that compliment the rich sounds produced by the speakers.’
    resonant, sonorous, ringing, resounding, reverberating, reverberative, reverberant, reverberatory, carrying, thundering, thunderous, roaring
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Pronunciation

rumbling

/ˈrəmb(ə)liNG//ˈrəmb(ə)lɪŋ/