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rubble

[ruhb-uh l or for 3, 4, roo-buh l] /ˈrʌb əl or for 3, 4, ˈru bəl/
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 of rubble
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English rubel, robil < ?; cf. rubbish
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rubble

/ˈrʌbəl/
noun
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
Derived Forms
rubbly, adjective
Word Origin
C14 robyl; perhaps related to Middle English rubben to rub, or to rubbish
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Word Origin and History for rubble
n.

"rough, irregular stones broken from larger masses," late 14c., robeyl, from Anglo-French *robel "bits of broken stone," probably related to rubbish [OED], but also possibly from Old French robe (see rob).

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