• WordNet 3.6
    • n rubble the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After twenty-seven years, Betty Rubble made her debut as a Flintstones Vitamin in 1996
    • Rubble (Geol) A mass or stratum of fragments or rock lying under the alluvium, and derived from the neighboring rock.
    • Rubble Rough stone as it comes from the quarry; also, a quarryman's term for the upper fragmentary and decomposed portion of a mass of stone; brash.
    • Rubble The whole of the bran of wheat before it is sorted into pollard, bran, etc.
    • Rubble Water-worn or rough broken stones; broken bricks, etc., used in coarse masonry, or to fill up between the facing courses of walls. "Inside [the wall] there was rubble or mortar."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rubble Rough stones of irregular shapes and sizes, broken from larger masses either naturally or artificially, as by geological action, in quarrying, or in stone-cutting or blasting. Rubble is used in masonry both for rough, uncoursed work and for filling in between outer courses of squared stone. See rubblework.
    • n rubble Masonry of rubble; rubble-work.
    • n rubble By extension, any solid substance in irregularly broken pieces. A mass or aggregation of irregular pieces of ice broken off by the action of heavy floes, as in the arctic seas.
    • n rubble The whole of the bran of wheat before it is sorted into pollard, bran, etc. [Prov. Eng.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rubble rub′l the upper fragmentary decomposed matter of a mass of rock: water-worn stones: small, undressed stones used in coarse masonry
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  • Prince Of Wales Charles
    Prince Of Wales Charles
    “You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.”
  • Malcolm Muggeridge
    “Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From an assumed Old French dim. of robe, See Rubbish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. robel, pl. robeux, dim. of robe, robbe, rubbish; cf. It. roba, and the cognate rob.


In literature:

The workers got a little more, and occasionally someone found a few cans under the rubble.
"Victory" by Lester del Rey
And now, the rubble and stones along the street began to lift, and to drive savagely at the attackers.
"Pursuit" by Lester del Rey
The walls of the house were made of a rude sort of rubble, odd bricks without a trace of mortar.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
She studied the heaps of rubble around them, her face expressionless.
"Second Variety" by Philip Kindred Dick
The breach turned out to be a pile of rubble.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
Across the rocky expanse it came, to bury itself in the loose soil and rubble, not two paces in advance of the startled man.
"Brood of the Dark Moon" by Charles Willard Diffin
The once towering wall was now only a long mound of rubble.
"The Golden Amazons of Venus" by John Murray Reynolds
Rubble littered the smooth width of the runway.
"Rich Living" by Michael Cathal
Crouched in a nest of rubble, he waited for it, blaster gun ready.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen
Cleveland was dotted with lakes, the city rubble choked with brush.
"Fly By Night" by Arthur Dekker Savage

In poetry:

So the church Christ was hit and buried
Under its rubbish and its rubble.
In cellars, packed-up saints long serried,
Well out of hearing of our trouble.
"Le Christianisme" by Wilfred Owen
I think of the nestling fallen into the deep grass,
The turtle gasping in the dusty rubble of the highway,
The paralytic stunned in the tub, and the water rising,—
All things innocent, hapless, forsaken.
"The Meadow Mouse" by Theodore Roethke
So, one evening,
Talking with an old watchman, beside the first
Raw girders of the new Planetopolis Building
(Ten thousand brine-cooled offices, each with shower)
He saw a dark line creeping across the rubble
And turned a flashlight on it.
"Metropolitan Nightmare" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

Lincoln is gone, reduced to a few piles of scrap and rubble, and the lot will soon be cleared.
First earthquake, then tsunami, reduce many towns to rubble, mud.
Tree found in the rubble becomes symbol to Sandy victims.
(AP) A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed Wednesday, killing one worker and trapping at least two others in the rubble, officials said.
Ghana troops provide security as rescue workers clear rubble from the remainder of a collapsed building in Accra (AP).
A section of a parking garage under construction at a Miami-Dade College campus has collapsed and a fire official says some workers are trapped in the rubble.
Rubble spells trouble on Cleveland's Superior Avenue.
Towns have been turned into rubble and the rebels are in the suburbs of the capital Damascus.
MIAMI (AP) -A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed Wednesday, killing two people and trapping two others in the rubble, officials said.
Volunteers pull 2 small dogs from the rubble.
Authorities have pulled another 10 people out alive from the rubble.
In case UK fans missed it, the RCA Dome , sight of some memorable Wildcat basketball games, now is nothing more than rubble.
The contrast amid the rubble of the 76ers' loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday was stunning.
Palestinians inspect the rubble in a house destroyed on Sunday by an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Monday, Nov 19, 2012.
Woman & Grandson Found Under Rubble In Japan.

In science:

Our question: what happens if you put, say, a million grains of sand at the origin, and wait for the resulting avalanche to stop? I won’t keep you hanging; a picture of the resulting rubble appears as Figure 6.
Goldbug Variations
The shape of the rubble in Figure 6 does depend on this detail; Figure 7 is the analogue where a pile collapses as soon as it has four grains, leaving itself empty.
Goldbug Variations
We can reasonably expect the recombined fragments from a collision to be a loosely packed ‘rubble pile’ and therefore strengthless.
Characterisation of candidate members of (136108) Haumea's family
The important fact is: Hierarchical Decomposition is very valueable, but the rest of HIPO and SD are rubble today.
Software Architecture Overview
Perhaps the first is the mass at which gravity is able to hold together a “rubble pile”.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?