Rambling
Ramble Ram"ble (r[a^]m"b'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rambled} (r[a^]m"b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rambling} (r[a^]m"bl[i^]ng).] [For rammle, fr. Prov. E. rame to roam. Cf. {Roam}.] 1. To walk, ride, or sail, from place to place, without any determinate object in view; to roam carelessly or irregularly; to rove; to wander; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the world. [1913 Webster]

He that is at liberty to ramble in perfect darkness, what is his liberty better than if driven up and down as a bubble by the wind? --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. To talk or write in a discursive, aimless way. [1913 Webster]

3. To extend or grow at random. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To rove; roam; wander; range; stroll. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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