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Cobble definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COBBLE-STONE, n. A roundish stone; a pebble; supposed to be a fragment, rounded by the attrition of water. We give this name to stones of various sizes, from that of a hens egg or smaller, to that of large paving stones. These stones are called by the English copple-stones and bowlder-stones or bowlders. The latter name is among us known only in books.
COBBLE, v.t.
1. To make or mend coarsely, as shoes; to botch.
2. To make or do clumsily or unhandily; as, a cobble rhymes.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: rectangular paving stone with curved top; once used to make roads [syn: cobble, cobblestone, sett] v
1: pave with cobblestones [syn: cobble, cobblestone]
2: repair or mend; "cobble shoes"

Merriam Webster's

I. transitive verb (cobbled; cobbling) Etymology: Middle English coblen, perhaps back-formation from cobelere cobbler Date: 15th century 1. chiefly British to mend or patch coarsely 2. repair, make <cobble shoes> 3. to make or put together roughly or hastily often used with together or up <cobble together an agreement> <cobble up a temporary solution> II. noun Date: 1600 1. cobblestone 2. plural, chiefly British lump coal about the size of small cobblestones

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. & v. --n. 1 (in full cobblestone) a small rounded stone of a size used for paving. 2 (in pl.) Brit. coal in lumps of this size. --v.tr. pave with cobbles. Etymology: ME cobel(- ston), f. COB(1) 2. v.tr. 1 mend or patch up (esp. shoes). 2 (often foll. by together) join or assemble roughly. Etymology: back-form. f. COBBLER

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cobble Cob"ble, n. A fishing boat. See Coble.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cobble Cob"ble, n. [From Cob a lump. See Cob, n., 9, and cf. Copple, Copplestone.] 1. A cobblestone. ``Their slings held cobbles round.'' --Fairfax. 2. pl. Cob coal. See under Cob.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cobble Cob"ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cobbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Cobbling.] [OF. cobler, copler, to join or knit together, couple, F. coupler, L. copulare to couple, join. Cf. Couple, n. & v. t.] 1. To make or mend coarsely; to patch; to botch; as, to cobble shoes. --Shak. ``A cobbled saddle.'' --Thackeray. 2. To make clumsily. ``Cobbled rhymes.'' --Dryden. 3. To pave with cobblestones.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(cobbles, cobbling, cobbled) Cobbles are the same as cobblestones. They found Trish sitting on the cobbles of the stable yard. N-COUNT: usu pl

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Botch, tinker, patch up, mend clumsily. 2. Bungle, botch, do clumsily, make clumsily. II. v. n. 1. Do cobbler's work, mend shoes. 2. Be a bungler, bungle, botch, do bungling work. III. n. 1. Cobble-stone, cobstone, small round stone. 2. [Written also Coble.] Fishing-boat.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A kind of boat.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To mend, or patch; likewise to do a thing in a bungling manner.


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