rubble

[ruhb-uhl or for 3, 4, roo-buhl]
noun
1.
broken bits and pieces of anything, as that which is demolished: Bombing reduced the town to rubble.
2.
any solid substance, as ice, in irregularly broken pieces.
3.
rough fragments of broken stone, formed by geological processes, in quarrying, etc., and sometimes used in masonry.
4.
masonry built of rough fragments of broken stone.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English rubel, robil < ?; cf. rubbish

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rubble (ˈrʌbəl)
 
n
1.  fragments of broken stones, bricks, etc
2.  any fragmented solid material, esp the debris from ruined buildings
3.  quarrying the weathered surface layer of rock
4.  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]
 
'rubbly
 
adj

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rubble
c.1400, from Anglo-Norm. *robel "bits of broken stone," probably related to rubbish, but also possibly from O.Fr. robe (see rob).
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Example sentences
After the quake she helped lug the conservatory's grand pianos from the rubble.
Unless you were trapped in the rubble and slowly died of thirst.
The main effect of this money is to make the rubble bounce.
The only dry land consists of a few spits of sun-whitened coral rubble and the
  dead shells of giant clams.
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