Definition of rubble in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrəb(ə)l/


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 rubble
More 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.
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈrəb(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with rubble

bubble, double, Hubble, nubble, stubble, trouble

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Syllabification: rub·ble

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