noun rub·ble \ˈrə-bəl\

: broken pieces of stone, brick, etc., from walls or buildings that have fallen

Full Definition of RUBBLE

a :  broken fragments (as of rock) resulting from the decay or destruction of a building <fortifications knocked into rubble — C. S. Forester>
b :  a miscellaneous confused mass or group of usually broken or worthless things
:  waterworn or rough broken stones or bricks used in coarse masonry or in filling courses of walls
:  rough stone as it comes from the quarry

Examples of RUBBLE

  1. Rescue workers managed to pull two injured people out of the rubble.
  2. The earthquake reduced the whole town to rubble.

Origin of RUBBLE

Middle English robyl
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

Rhymes with RUBBLE


rub·bledrub·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of RUBBLE

transitive verb
:  to reduce to rubble

First Known Use of RUBBLE


Rhymes with RUBBLE


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