cobble

1
[kob-uh l]

verb (used with object), cob·bled, cob·bling.

to mend (shoes, boots, etc.); patch.
to put together roughly or clumsily.

Origin of cobble

1
First recorded in 1490–1500; apparently back formation from cobbler

cobble

2
[kob-uh l]

noun

a cobblestone.
cobbles, coal in lumps larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder.
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), cob·bled, cob·bling.

to pave with cobblestones.

Origin of cobble

2
1595–1605; perhaps cob + -le; see cobblestone

cobble

3
[kob-uh l]

noun

New England, New York State, and New Jersey. (especially in placenames) a rounded hill.

Origin of cobble

3
First recorded in 1885–95; perhaps < cobble2
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British Dictionary definitions for cobble

cobble

1

noun

short for cobblestone
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

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

Word Origin for cobble

C15 (in cobblestone): from cob 1

cobble

2

verb (tr)

to make or mend (shoes)
to put together clumsily

Word Origin for cobble

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

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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cobble in Science

cobble

[kŏbəl]

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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