- broken bits and pieces of anything, as that which is demolished: Bombing reduced the town to rubble.
- any solid substance, as ice, in irregularly broken pieces.
- rough fragments of broken stone, formed by geological processes, in quarrying, etc., and sometimes used in masonry.
- masonry built of rough fragments of broken stone.
Origin of rubble
Examples from the Web for rubble
Pages from the Quran fluttered in the air before landing gently on the rubble.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
And there are a few nice things buried beneath the rubble that I could use in my apartment.I’m a Digital Hoarder
December 17, 2014
If we enter with hammer in hand, we may leave with merely dust and rubble on our faces.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
Within 10 seconds, his target vanishes in a muted cloud of smoke and rubble 7,000 miles away.Ethan Hawke's 'Good Kill': A Searing Indictment of America's Drone Warfare Obsession
September 6, 2014
They broke off into groups of a dozen and got to work collecting bricks and salvageable materials from the rubble.After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone
August 31, 2014
Into it he dropped the ring, covering it again with all the leafy "rubble and wreck" of the wood.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Where there had been shops and hotels, there were now heaps of rubble and calcined bricks.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Why was she stumbling about amongst the rubble and catching her dress in brambles and burrs?Howards End
E. M. Forster
Only bleak, black and gray hills of rock and rubble were there, no cars, no life.Pleasant Journey
Richard F. Thieme
He could have been lying in the rubble of that alley for an hour—or a second.The K-Factor
Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
- fragments of broken stones, bricks, etc
- any fragmented solid material, esp the debris from ruined buildings
- quarrying the weathered surface layer of rock
- Also called: rubblework masonry constructed of broken pieces of rock, stone, etc