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rubble

noun rub·ble \ ˈrə-bəl \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of rubble

1 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
2 : waterworn or rough broken stones or bricks used in coarse masonry or in filling courses of walls
3 : rough stone as it comes from the quarry

Examples of rubble in a Sentence

  1. Rescue workers managed to pull two injured people out of the rubble.

  2. The earthquake reduced the whole town to rubble.

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Origin and Etymology of rubble

Middle English robyl

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rubble

verb

Definition of rubble

rubbled; rubbling play \ˈrə-b(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
: to reduce to rubble

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First Known Use of rubble

1944


RUBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

rubble

noun

Definition of rubble for English Language Learners

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


RUBBLE Defined for Kids

rubble

noun rub·ble \ ˈrə-bəl \

Definition of rubble for Students

: rough broken pieces of stone or brick from buildings


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