rubble


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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 ?
Slowly I thrust myself out through the red weed, and stood upon the mound of rubble.
At last they entered a world within a world - a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of a mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains.
Presently this incline became even steeper, and we found ourselves climbing upon hands and knees among loose rubble which slid from beneath us.
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.
I noticed as I felt about the floor in the dim light that there was a pile of fresh-turned rubble there.
Pieces of the roof had fallen at some long-distant date, as was evidenced by the depth of the filth and rubble in which they were embedded.
A few inches at a time, resting in between, he dragged him over the ground and up a broken rubble of ice to the side of the boat.
Why was she stumbling about amongst the rubble and catching her dress in brambles and burrs?
The wisest-footed, clearest-headed horse I ever saw," Lute called back, as she turned the animal to the side and dropped down a broken slope of rubble and into the trees again.
We got in, we drove on, we got out again for the sole purpose, as it seemed, of looking behind a heap of rubble.
Oh, he's all right, a good horse," answered Rostov, though the horse for which he had paid seven hundred rubbles was not worth half that sum.
Contract award: treatment of inert rubble from the drop-off centers of the chateaudun area.