from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A low, heavy, continued rattling or jarring sound; a rumble. The peculiar rumbling of the bowels is technically called borborygmus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a. & n. from rumble, v. i.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Deep and slow sounding.
  • noun The sound of complaint.
  • verb Present participle of rumble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective continuous full and low-pitched throbbing sound
  • noun a loud low dull continuous noise


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