Definition of rubble noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrʌbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌbl//
[uncountable] Construction
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broken stones or bricks from a building or wall that has been destroyed or damaged The bomb reduced the houses to rubble. There were piles of rubble everywhere. Wordfindercement, construction, foundation, girder, joist, masonry, plaster, rubble, scaffolding, site See related entries: Construction Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps from an Anglo-Norman French alteration of Old French robe ‘spoils’; compare with rubbish.Extra examples Police sifted through the rubble looking for clues. Rescue workers are searching the rubble for survivors. Several people were trapped in the rubble. She stood among the rubble left by the earthquake. The school was reduced to rubble. What was once a cottage was now a crumbling heap of rubble. A bomb had reduced the house next door to rubble. The end of the alley was blocked by a heap of rubble and twisted metal.
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