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cobble1

[kob-uh l]
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verb (used with object), cob·bled, cob·bling.
  1. to mend (shoes, boots, etc.); patch.
  2. to put together roughly or clumsily.
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Origin of cobble1

First recorded in 1490–1500; apparently back formation from cobbler

cobble2

[kob-uh l]
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.
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verb (used with object), cob·bled, cob·bling.
  1. to pave with cobblestones.
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Origin of cobble2

1595–1605; perhaps cob + -le; see cobblestone

cobble3

[kob-uh l]
noun
  1. New England, New York State, and New Jersey. (especially in placenames) a rounded hill.
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Origin of cobble3

First recorded in 1885–95; perhaps < cobble2
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Examples from the Web for cobbles

Historical Examples

  • The beast sprang forward, with a shower of sparks from the cobbles.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales

    C. Bryson Taylor

  • He stopped and stared down at me, tapping a sole on the cobbles.

  • There was a sound behind on the cobbles outside the kitchen door.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • I'd like to see you coming through our wood and across the cobbles.

    Moor Fires

    E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young

  • The Plaza is paved with cobbles, which are disadvantageous for dancing.

    Northern Spain

    Edgar T. A. Wigram


British Dictionary definitions for cobbles

cobbles

pl n
  1. coal in small rounded lumps
  2. cobblestones
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cobble1

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
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verb
  1. (tr) to pave (a road) with cobblestones
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See also cobbles
Derived Formscobbled, adjective

Word Origin

C15 (in cobblestone): from cob 1

cobble2

verb (tr)
  1. to make or mend (shoes)
  2. to put together clumsily
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Word Origin

C15: back formation from cobbler 1
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Word Origin and History for cobbles

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.

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cobble

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cobbles in Science

cobble

[kŏbəl]
  1. 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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