English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , rouble , rubel , robel , from robeil Anglo-Norman *robel ( “ bits of broken stone ” ). Presumably related to , originally of same meaning (bits of stone). rubbish Ultimately presumably from  Proto-Germanic *raub- ( “ to break ” ), perhaps via Old French (English robe rob ( “ steal ” )) in sense of “plunder, destroy”; see also Middle English, Middle French  .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
rubble ( , countable and uncountable plural )
The broken remains of an object, usually
rock or masonry.
2013 June 29, “ High and wet”, in , volume 407, number 8842, page 28: The Economist Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. [… ] Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
( geology ) A mass or stratum of fragments of rock lying under the alluvium and derived from the neighbouring rock.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Lyell to this entry?) ( Britain , dialect , in the plural ) The whole of the bran of wheat before it is sorted into pollard, bran, etc.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Simmonds to this entry?)
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Translations [ edit ]
the broken remains of an object, usually rock or masonry
please add this translation if you can Arabic:
أَنْقَاض ( ʾanqāḍ ) Armenian:
please add this translation if you can Basque:
please add this translation if you can Catalan:
reble (ca) m Chinese:
Mandarin: 瓦礫 , (zh) 瓦砾 (zh) ( wǎlì ), 碎石 (zh) ( suìshí ) Czech:
suť f Dutch:
puin (nl) Esperanto:
, ŝtonetaro rubo Finnish:
décombres (fr) , m pl débris (fr) , m gravats (fr) m pl ( plural only ) Galician:
entullo , m reblo , m rello (gl) , m rebo , m cascabullo m Georgian:
please add this translation if you can German:
Schutt (de) m Hebrew:
רבד (he) Hindi:
please add this translation if you can Hungarian: törmelék , (hu) sitt (hu)
References [ edit ]
^ Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition
rubble” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
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