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rub·ble

 (rŭb′əl)
n.
1. A loose mass of angular fragments of rock or masonry crumbled by natural or human forces.
2.
a. Irregular fragments or pieces of rock used in masonry.
b. The masonry made with such rocks.

[Middle English rubel.]

rub′bly adj.

rubble

(ˈrʌbəl)
n
1. fragments of broken stones, bricks, etc
2. any fragmented solid material, esp the debris from ruined buildings
3. (Mining & Quarrying) quarrying the weathered surface layer of rock
4. (Building) Also called: rubblework masonry constructed of broken pieces of rock, stone, etc
[C14 robyl; perhaps related to Middle English rubben to rub, or to rubbish]
ˈrubbly adj

rub•ble

(ˈrʌb əl or, for 3,4, ˈru bəl)

n.
1. broken bits and pieces of anything, as that which is demolished: Bombing reduced the town to rubble.
2. rough fragments of broken stone, formed by geological processes, in quarrying, etc., and sometimes used in masonry.
[1350–1400; Middle English rubel, robil, obscurely akin to rubbish]
rub′bly, adj.

rubble

- Comes from Anglo-Norman robel, "bits of broken stone," from earlier French robe, "loot, odds and ends stolen."
See also related terms for odds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rubble - the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken uprubble - the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
rubbish, trash, scrap - worthless material that is to be disposed of
slack - dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve

rubble

noun wreckage, remains, ruins, debris Thousands of bodies are still buried under the rubble.

rubble

noun
The remains of something destroyed, disintegrated, or decayed:
Translations
كُسارَة الحِجارَه، دَبْش
štěrksuť
murbrok
rauniot
kõtörmeléktörmelék
grjótmulningur
plytgaliaiskalda
šķembas
grušč
moloz taşı

rubble

[ˈrʌbl] Nescombros mpl
the town was reduced to rubbleel pueblo quedó reducido a escombros

rubble

[ˈrʌbəl] n
(from ruined or demolished building)décombres mpl
(for use in construction work)gravats mplrub-down [ˈrʌbdaʊn] n
to give sb a rub-down → frictionner qn
to give a horse a rub-down → bouchonner un cheval

rubble

nTrümmer pl; (smaller pieces) → Schutt m; (Geol) → Geröll nt

rubble

[ˈrʌbl] ndetriti mpl; (smaller) → pietrisco; (of building) → macerie fpl
the building was reduced to a heap of rubble → l'edificio era ridotto a un cumulo di macerie

rubble

(ˈrabl) noun
small pieces of stone, brick etc.
References in classic literature ?
They were forced to content themselves with those four stretches of rubble work, backed with sandstone, and a wretched stone gibbet, meagre and bare, on one side.