rumble


rumble
I. verb (rumbled; rumbling) Etymology: Middle English; akin to Middle High German rummeln to rumble Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to make a low heavy rolling sound <
thunder rumbling in the distance
>
2. to travel with a low reverberating sound <
wagons rumbled into town
>
3. to speak in a low rolling tone 4. to engage in a rumble transitive verb 1. to utter or emit in a low rolling voice 2. British to reveal or discover the true character of • rumbler noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a low heavy continuous reverberating often muffled sound (as of thunder) b. low frequency noise in phonographic playback caused by the transmission of mechanical vibrations by the turntable to the pickup 2. a seat for servants behind the body of a carriage 3. a. widespread expression of dissatisfaction or unrest b. a street fight especially among gangs

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