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Topic: TEXTURES, SOUNDS

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from early Dutch rommelen, from the sound

rumble

1 verb
     
rum‧ble1
1 [intransitive]CS to make a series of long low sounds, especially a long distance away from you:
We could hear thunder rumbling in the distance.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]CS to move slowly along while making a series of long low sounds:
We watched the tanks rumbling past the window.
3HBH [intransitive] if your stomach rumbles, it makes a noise, especially because you are hungry
4 [transitive] British English informal to find out what someone is secretly intending to do:
How did you rumble them?
5 [intransitive and transitive] American English old-fashioned to fight with someone

rumble on

phrasal verb
if a disagreement rumbles on, it continues for a long time:
The row about pay is still rumbling on.
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