- to make a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound, as thunder.
- to move or travel with such a sound: The train rumbled on.
- Slang. to have or take part in a street fight between or among teenage gangs: Rival gangs rumbled on Saturday afternoon.
- to give forth or utter with a rumbling sound: to rumble a command.
- to cause to make or move with a rumbling sound: to rumble a wagon over the ground.
- to subject to the action of a rumble or tumbling box, as for the purpose of polishing.
- a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound: the rumble of tanks across a bridge.
- rumble seat.
- a rear part of a carriage containing seating accommodations, as for servants, or space for baggage.
- a tumbling box.
- Slang. a street fight between rival teenage gangs.
Origin of rumble
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Examples from the Web for rumble
Over the past week, Sony Pictures Entertainment has received more body blows than Muhammad Ali during the Rumble in the Jungle.Sony: Hollywood’s Most Subversive Studio Under Attack
December 23, 2014
Artillery and mortar duels all around the outskirts of Donetsk rumble angrily every day.Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?
November 24, 2014
As we approach the rumble of guns grows louder and alternates with the whir of cannonballs, which begin to attract his attention.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
The rumble of the buildings coming down was like a thousand jets taking off at once.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
There were flashes of lightning outside and the rumble of thunder.The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
July 24, 2014
When, at last, he spoke, his voice was a rumble of strangely shy pleasure.Within the Law
And a rumble quickly grew to an earth-shaking blast of thunder.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
The Courier in the rumble was not altogether comfortable in his mind.Little Dorrit
There was a rumble of thunder far out on the western prairie.The Gentleman From Indiana
They both turned at the rumble of the train outside the station.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- to make or cause to make a deep resonant soundthunder rumbled in the sky
- to move with such a soundthe train rumbled along
- (tr) to utter with a rumbling soundhe rumbled an order
- (tr) to tumble (metal components, gemstones, etc) in a barrel of smooth stone in order to polish them
- (tr) British informal to find out about (someone or something); discover (something)the police rumbled their plans
- (intr) US slang to be involved in a gang fight
- a deep resonant sound
- a widespread murmur of discontent
- another name for tumbler (def. 4)
- US, Canadian and NZ slang a gang fight
Word Origin and History for rumble
late 14c., "make a deep, heavy, continuous sound," also "move with a rolling, thundering sound," also "create disorder and confusion," probably related to Middle Dutch rommelen "to rumble," Middle High German rummeln, Old Norse rymja "to shout, roar," all of imitative origin. Related: Rumbled; rumbling.
late 14c., from rumble (v.). Slang noun meaning "gang fight" is from 1946. Meaning "backmost part of a carriage" is from 1808 (earlier rumbler, 1801), probably from the effect of sitting over the wheels; hence rumble seat (1828).