cobble

1
[ kob-uhl ]
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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.

Origin of cobble

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

Other definitions for cobble (2 of 3)

cobble2
[ kob-uhl ]

noun
  1. a cobblestone.

  2. cobbles, coal in lumps larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder.

  1. Metalworking.

    • a defect in a rolled piece resulting from loss of control over its movement.

    • Slang. a piece showing bad workmanship.

verb (used with object),cob·bled, cob·bling.
  1. to pave with cobblestones.

Origin of cobble

2
First recorded in 1595–1605; of uncertain origin; perhaps cob + -le; see cobblestone

Other definitions for cobble (3 of 3)

cobble3
[ kob-uhl ]

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

Origin of cobble

3
First recorded in 1885–95; perhaps from cobble2

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British Dictionary definitions for cobble (1 of 2)

cobble1

/ (ˈkɒbəl) /


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

verb
  1. (tr) to pave (a road) with cobblestones

Origin of cobble

1
C15 (in cobblestone): from cob 1

Derived forms of cobble

  • cobbled, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for cobble (2 of 2)

cobble2

/ (ˈkɒbəl) /


verb(tr)
  1. to make or mend (shoes)

  2. to put together clumsily

Origin of cobble

2
C15: back formation from cobbler 1

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Scientific definitions for cobble

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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