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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
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Examples for cobbled
  • The cobbled streets were gleaming from the last few rays escaping the clouds.
  • The shelter was in a nineteenth-century neighborhood, in a brick building on a cobbled street.
  • Sometimes horses' hooves could be heard clattering in the cobbled stable yard at the rear of the house.
  • The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we're disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies.
  • Holding up banners cobbled together from cardboard and bamboo poles, the protesters shouted for urgent help for their relatives.
  • The bill was cobbled together after a scandal over big government contracts.
  • And on it goes, wittily ridiculing the slapdash manner in which science stories are sometimes cobbled together.
  • Many people don't show up in the unemployment number because they have cobbled together some type of part-time work.
  • Others are living in tent camps by the sea and in shacks cobbled together from tarpaulin and poles.
  • Actually, though, this sense of something cobbled together is not alien to my own experience.
British Dictionary definitions for cobbled

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 cobbled
cobble
"paving stone," late 14c., probably a dim. of cob.
cobble
"to mend clumsily," 1496, probably from cob, perhaps via a notion of lumps.
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cobbled in Science
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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