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cobble1

[kob-uh l] /ˈkɒb əl/
verb (used with object), cobbled, cobbling.
1.
to mend (shoes, boots, etc.); patch.
2.
to put together roughly or clumsily.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; apparently back formation from cobbler

cobble2

[kob-uh l] /ˈkɒb əl/
noun
1.
a cobblestone.
2.
cobbles, coal in lumps larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder.
3.
Metalworking.
  1. a defect in a rolled piece resulting from loss of control over its movement.
  2. Slang. a piece showing bad workmanship.
verb (used with object), cobbled, cobbling.
4.
to pave with cobblestones.
Origin
1595-1605; perhaps cob + -le; see cobblestone

cobble3

[kob-uh l] /ˈkɒb əl/
noun
1.
New England, New York State, and New Jersey. (especially in placenames) a rounded hill.
Origin
1885-95; perhaps < cobble2
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Examples from the web for cobble
  • Evolution is a strange process indeed, to cobble together organisms who so completely and emotionally reject it.
  • Not sure what this paper was attempting to cobble together, but it failed.
  • Only panga fishermen seem to camp on the rough, cobble beaches.
  • But keep in mind that adjunct jobs don't pay a living wage, even if you were to cobble together several of them.
  • Somebody will cobble together that belated committee report.
  • Before, the government had to cobble a majority together from various hanger-on parties.
  • We will cobble a heavy launcher from obsolete space shuttle parts.
  • But given the political realities of the moment, it was all the leaders of the two parties could cobble together.
  • The deposition of silt and debris between the individual rocks or cobble over time contributes to weed growth.
  • cobble beaches are also usually marked by steep berms that correspond to the maximum height reached by the swash runup.
British Dictionary definitions for cobble

cobble1

/ˈkɒbəl/
noun
1.
short for cobblestone
2.
(geology) a rock fragment, often rounded, with a diameter of 64–256 mm and thus smaller than a boulder but larger than a pebble
verb
3.
(transitive) to pave (a road) with cobblestones
See also cobbles
Derived Forms
cobbled, adjective
Word Origin
C15 (in cobblestone): from cob1

cobble2

/ˈkɒbəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make or mend (shoes)
2.
to put together clumsily
Word Origin
C15: back formation from cobbler1
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Word Origin and History for cobble
n.

"paving stone; worn, rounded stone," c.1600, earlier cobblestone, probably a diminutive of cob in some sense. The verb in this sense is from 1690s. Related: Cobbled; cobbling.

v.

"to mend clumsily," late 15c., perhaps a back-formation from cobbler (n.1), or from cob, via a notion of lumps. Related: Cobbled; cobbling.

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cobble
  (kŏb'əl)   
A rock fragment larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder. Pebbles have a diameter between 64 and 256 mm (2.56 and 10.24 inches) and are often rounded.
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