[ruhb-uh l or for 3, 4, roo-buh l]
- 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
1350–1400; Middle English rubel, robil < ?; cf. rubbish
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for rubbles
They were letter-heads of Trimmer and Company and were covered with Rubbles figures.The Making of Bobby Burnit
George Randolph Chester
- 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
C14 robyl; perhaps related to Middle English rubben to rub, or to rubbish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for rubbles
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper