dull roar

a dull roar

A low level of noise. Kids, when you work together, please keep it down to a dull roar.
See also: dull, roar

dull roar

n. a relatively quiet degree of noisiness. Try to keep it at a dull roar if you can.
See also: dull, roar
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A dull roar, like the booming of a gun, flashes of fire, and a column of smoke - and all that was left of St.
Suddenly, a dull roar was heard not twenty paces from them.
Still that breathing silence, which marks the drowsy sultriness of an American landscape in July, pervaded the secluded spot, interrupted only by the low voices of the men, the occasional and lazy tap of a woodpecker, the discordant cry of some gaudy jay, or a swelling on the ear, from the dull roar of a distant waterfall.
All I can remember is an irregular yet ordered advance, that seemed to shake the ground; a sudden change of front and forming up on the part of the regiment against which the charge was directed; then an awful shock, a dull roar of voices, and a continuous flashing of spears, seen through a red mist of blood.
No more bombs fell from the windows, the last pedestrians seemed to have vanished from the streets, and our immediate quietude grew more profound; though the gigantic caldron continued to bubble in the distance, dull roars of explosions came to us from all directions, and the smoke-pillars were towering more ominously in the heavens.
All the while, members were pushing their buttons, turning their names flashing red and green.<br />"Declare the vote," Russ said over the dull roar.<br />The House passed the measure 56-21, sending it to Gov.
"A moment of silence ensued, then there was a dull roar on the Jetway, and a planeload of lobster-red British tourists poured onto the flight, muttering, 'Wot's this, wot's this?,' as they rushed past the grandson of George V, Emperor of India."
Young scored five straight points and D'Angelo Russell hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the spurt that had the crowd on its feet cheering after only the dull roar of conversation was heard earlier.
We curled up in the decoy bags and fired up two Therma-Cells to keep them to a dull roar. I may or may not have used a can of OFF and a lighter to defend ourselves.
Sitting down to dinner is one of the key parts of Christmas Day - the one day when we will spend most of it sat around a table, feasting on gorgeous food and trying to keep the squabbling down to a dull roar.
On these shores, the Afghanistan war had long since diminished to a dull roar in the public consciousness: murky and unpopular, to be resuscitated periodically during hockey intermissions.
With the warrior acting as delegate of the gods, all was down to a dull roar and the damage could be minimized.
Venture close enough and you can feel the throbbing heat and hear the dull roar of the fire eating away at the ground beneath.