- 1Waste or rough fragments of stone, brick, concrete, etc., especially as the debris from the demolition of buildings: two buildings collapsed, trapping scores of people in the rubbleMore example sentences
- These old photographs show York's former garden suburb reduced to rubble following the demolition of condemned houses in the early 1960s.
- But yesterday at 12 noon Vernon House was reduced to rubble by demolition experts.
- In January, an order was served on the company demanding that rubbish, rubble and waste was cleared from the land.
- 1.1Pieces of rough or undressed stone used in building walls, especially as filling for cavities.More example sentences
- The external plaster was replaced with a lime-based plaster to allow the stone rubble walls to breathe.
- It is built of rubble stone with ashlar dressings on a granite plinth.
- As was often the case in those days, structural perimeter walls are in coursed rubble.
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- The ending is a blaze of light and sirens and press reporters and a standing ovation when I walk out of what could have been rubbly grave.
- A hundred thousand people had been assembled in East Berlin to hear him, on a rubbly wasteland off the Friedrichstrasse.
- It took me a couple of hours, crunching down a steep rubbly track with a panorama of mountains ahead no matter which way the path twisted.
late Middle English: perhaps from an Anglo-Norman French alteration of Old French robe 'spoils'; compare with rubbish.