Definition of rumbling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌmblɪŋ/


1A continuous deep, resonant sound: the rumbling of wheels in the distance
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  • Over the noise came a deep rumbling, like the engines of several bulldozers.
  • Without warning, the smell, the sound, the rumbling just stopped.
  • 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.
1.1 (often rumblings) An early indication or rumour of dissatisfaction or incipient change: there are growing rumblings of discontent
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  • 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 truth behind the man is revealed as well as his history in the early rumblings of the revolution.


1Making or constituting a deep resonant sound: rumbling trams a rumbling noise
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  • While not overly powerful, the woofer provides deep, rumbling bass tones that compliment the rich sounds produced by the speakers.
  • He thought he heard a rumbling sound, a deep voice coming from somewhere far away.
  • Jonathan was interrupted by a deep rumbling sound that came from behind the vehicle.
1.1(Of dissatisfaction or a dispute) continuing in a persistent but low-key way: a rumbling dispute about changes to working conditions
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  • Chief officers from two authorities will thrash out a way of resolving a rumbling war over Trowbridge's expanding pigeon population.
  • In the meantime, however, the rumbling row over foundation trusts is likely to continue.
  • 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.

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