- An example of rubble is a group of loose rock pieces falling off a cliff.
- An example of rubble is what is left after a building is bombed.
- rough, irregular, loose fragments of rock, broken from larger bodies either by natural processes or artificially, as by blasting
- masonry made of rubble; rubblework
- debris from buildings, etc., resulting from earthquake, bombing, etc.
Origin of rubbleMiddle English robel; akin to rubbish, rub
- A loose mass of angular fragments of rock or masonry crumbled by natural or human forces.
- a. Irregular fragments or pieces of rock used in masonry.b. The masonry made with such rocks.
Origin of rubbleMiddle English rubel
Anglo-Norman *robel (“bits of broken stone"). Presumably related to rubbish, originally of same meaning (bits of stone). Ultimately presumably from Proto-Germanic *raub- (“to break"), perhaps via Old French robe (English rob (“steal")) in sense of “plunder, destroy"; see also Middle English, Middle French -el.