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Webster 1913 Edition


Ramble

Ram′ble

(răm′b’l)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Rambled
(răm′b’ld)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Rambling
(răm′blĭng)
.]
[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.
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.
2.
To talk or write in a discursive, aimless way.
3.
To extend or grow at random.
Thomson.
Syn. – To rove; roam; wander; range; stroll.

Ram′ble

,
Noun.
1.
A going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an excursion or stroll merely for recreation.
Coming home, after a short Christmas
ramble
.
Swift.
2.
[Cf.
Rammel
.]
(Coal Mining)
A bed of shale over the seam.
Raymond.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ramble

RAM'BLE

, v.i.
1.
To rove; to wander; to walk, ride or sail from place to place, without any determinate object in view; or to visit many places; to rove carelessly or irregularly; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the country.
Never ask leave to go abroad, for you will be thought an idle rambling fellow.
2.
To go at large without restraint and without direction.
3.
To move without certain direction.
O're his ample sides, the rambling sprays luxuriant shoot.

RAM'BLE

,
Noun.
a roving; a wandering; a going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an irregular excursion.
Coming home after a short Christmas ramble, I found a letter upon my table.

Definition 2021


ramble

ramble

English

Noun

ramble (plural rambles)

  1. A leisurely stroll; a recreational walk in the countryside.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 16
      Marianne was prevailed upon to join her sisters in their usual walk, instead of wandering away by herself. Hitherto she had carefully avoided every companion in her rambles. If her sisters intended to walk on the downs, she directly stole away towards the lanes
    • 1835, William Gilmore Simms, The Partisan, Harper, Chapter XI, page 138:
      The place was a favourite with all, and the ramble in this quarter was quite a regular custom of the afternoon with the fair heiress of Colonel Walton in particular.
  2. A rambling; an instance of someone talking at length without direction.
  3. (mining) A bed of shale over the seam of coal.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Raymond to this entry?)
  4. A section of woodland suitable for leisurely walking.

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Verb

ramble (third-person singular simple present rambles, present participle rambling, simple past and past participle rambled)

  1. To move about aimlessly, or on a winding course
  2. To walk for pleasure; to amble or saunter.
  3. To talk or write incessantly, unclearly, or incoherently, with many digressions.
    Francine has a tendency to ramble when it gets to be late in the evening.

Synonyms

  • (talk or write unclearly, or incoherently): drivel, sperg

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