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 rubbling (audio) \

Definition of rubble (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to reduce to rubble

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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

With Ratish Nanda, the AKTC’s enthusiastic head in India, this correspondent recently descended to the bottom of a baoli that was being cleared of centuries of rubble and sludge, bucket by laborious bucket. The Economist, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019 About 600 feet to the east, five open hopper cars lay on their side, with their cargo of construction rubble spilled onto the group. courant.com, "Freight train derails in Bristol, dumping tons of debris," 10 July 2019 But the rubble of a former pizza shop may hold the answer to what caused an explosion Saturday that injured 23 people at a shopping center in Plantation. Aric Chokey, sun-sentinel.com, "More details about the pizza shop at ground zero in the Plantation explosion," 7 July 2019 Online video purported to be from inside the detention center showed blood and human remains mixed with rubble and the belongings of the victims. Washington Post, "Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center," 5 July 2019 Footage circulating online following the attack in Tajoura – which also left more than 130 wounded, according to the U.N. -- showed blood and body parts mixed with rubble and migrants' belongings. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Airstrike in Libya flattens migrant detention center, killing at least 44," 4 July 2019 Footage circulating online and said to be from inside the migrant detention center showed blood and body parts mixed with rubble and migrants' belongings. NBC News, "Airstrike hits migrant detention center in Libya, 40 killed," 3 July 2019 Search and rescue operations continued Tuesday at the deadliest wall collapse site as people were feared trapped inside the rubble, Mumbai fire brigade chief Prabhat Rahangdale told CNN. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "At least 32 people are dead as the Mumbai area gets hit by its heaviest rain in more than a decade," 2 July 2019 Construction equipment and piles of debris and rubble were visible this week and last at the site, which is bounded by by Autumn Parkway, West Julian Street, North Autumn Street, and a railroad line. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Tech mega-campus getting underway in downtown San Jose," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pictures shared by the migrants show the hangar reduced to rubble littered with body parts. NBC News, "Migrants trapped in Libya face deadly choices on land, at sea," 5 July 2019 The giant four-engine Handley Page bombers, destined to reduce German industry to rubble, had scarcely been rolled onto the tarmac when the Armistice was declared. Paul Kennedy, WSJ, "The RAF at 100: Masters of the Skies," 29 June 2018 The wine country fires, along with other blazes in Northern California, killed 44 people and reduced entire residential neighborhoods in Santa Rosa to rubble. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Northern California utility says it will turn the lights off when fire risk spikes," 22 Mar. 2018 Some people had been wounded in the recent airstrikes by Syria and its Russian allies that have reduced much of the area to rubble. Nada Homsi And Nick Cumming-bruce, New York Times, "‘We Were Dying in There’: Thousands of Syrians Flee Rebel Enclave," 15 Mar. 2018 Russian military officials and diplomats also have scolded the U.S.-led coalition for reducing the one-time IS capital, Raqqa, to rubble and causing severe suffering for its residents. Washington Post, "US general: Russia is both ‘arsonist and fireman’ in Syria," 27 Feb. 2018 Since igniting Sunday in spots across eight counties, the blazes have reduced entire neighborhoods to ash and rubble. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Girl, 3, drowns in ice cream parlor grease trap: report," 15 Oct. 2017 Since igniting Sunday in spots across eight counties, the blazes have reduced entire neighborhoods to ash and rubble. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Girl, 3, drowns in ice cream parlor grease trap: report," 15 Oct. 2017 Since igniting Sunday in spots across eight counties, the blazes have reduced entire neighborhoods to ash and rubble. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Girl, 3, drowns in ice cream parlor grease trap: report," 15 Oct. 2017

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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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rubble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rubble

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

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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