rubble

noun
rub·​ble | \ ˈrə-bəl How to pronounce rubble (audio) \

Definition of rubble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

rubble

verb
rubbled; rubbling\ ˈrə-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce rubble (audio) \

Definition of rubble (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to reduce to rubble

Examples of rubble in a Sentence

Noun Rescue workers managed to pull two injured people out of the rubble. The earthquake reduced the whole town to rubble.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His body was found under the rubble of a building in a residential area along with the bodies of two more militants and five civilians, including a child. Isabel Kershner, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 In Chuhuiv, workers searched for people believed trapped under the rubble after 12 rockets hit the town before dawn, damaging a cultural center, school and other infrastructure, authorities said. Susie Blann, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 In Chuhuiv, workers searched for people believed trapped under the rubble after 12 rockets hit the town before dawn, damaging a cultural center, school and other infrastructure, authorities said. Susie Blann, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 In the Kharkiv region, workers searched for people believed trapped under the rubble after 12 rockets hit the town of Chuhuiv before dawn, damaging a cultural center, school and other infrastructure, authorities said. Susie Blann, ajc, 25 July 2022 Russian forces struck a school and other civilian buildings in the northeastern Kharkiv region, said Gov. Oleh Sinegubov, adding that people were trapped under rubble. Vivian Salama, WSJ, 25 July 2022 One showed the corpse of a young girl, half her body sticking out from under the rubble, her wrist adorned with gold bracelets. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 In Chasiv Yar, where the apartment building was hit, one young man was trapped for more than 20 hours, pinned under the rubble. New York Times, 11 July 2022 Entire police forces are mowed down; innocent bystanders are laid to waste; cities are left in rubble across seven international locations. John Anderson, WSJ, 21 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So far Russia has leveled Mariupol, Severodonetsk and parts of other cities, turning them to rubble, and has indiscriminately targeted civilians. Angela Stent, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Ukrainian forces continue holding the town, which has been reduced mostly to rubble, amid the enemy’s ongoing attacks with S-300 surface-to-air missiles and artillery. Dalton Bennett, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2022 Several cities and towns, particularly in the country’s central and eastern regions, have been reduced to rubble. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 18 July 2022 It has not been shattered to rubble, like Mariupol and other cities in the east, but civilian targets there have been shelled by missiles and the airport has been destroyed. New York Times, 15 July 2022 The powerful artillery pieces are helping Ukrainian forces reply in kind to Russian batteries that have been pounding towns and villages to rubble. Arkansas Online, 19 June 2022 Pictures of the aftermath showed a home reduced to rubble. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 7 July 2022 The powerful artillery pieces are helping Ukrainian forces reply in kind to Russian batteries that have been pounding towns and villages to rubble. Arkansas Online, 19 June 2022 Photos from nearby Paktika province, a rural and mountainous region where most of the deaths have been reported, show houses reduced to rubble. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rubble

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rubble

Noun

Middle English robyl

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9 Aug 2022

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“Rubble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rubble. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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rubble

noun
rub·​ble | \ ˈrə-bəl How to pronounce rubble (audio) \

Kids Definition of rubble

: rough broken pieces of stone or brick from buildings

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