Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cobblestone.
  • n. Geology A rock fragment between 64 and 256 millimeters in diameter, especially one that has been naturally rounded.
  • n. See cob coal.
  • transitive v. To pave with cobblestones.
  • transitive v. To make or mend (boots or shoes).
  • transitive v. To put together clumsily; bungle: cobbled a plan together at the last minute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cobblestone.
  • n. A particle from 64 to 256 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
  • v. To make shoes (what a cobbler does).
  • v. To assemble in an improvised way.
  • v. To use cobblestones to pave a road, walkway, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fishing boat. See coble.
  • n. A cobblestone.
  • n. Cob coal. See under Cob.
  • transitive v. To make or mend coarsely; to patch; to botch.
  • transitive v. To make clumsily.
  • transitive v. To pave with cobblestones.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stone rounded by the action of water, and of a size suitable for use in paving. Smaller stones of the same character are usually called pebbles, and larger ones boulders. Also called cobblestone, cobstone.
  • n. A rounded hill.
  • n. A round nut like a cobble. See cobnut.
  • n. A kernel or stone (of fruit, etc.).
  • n. A lump of coal from the size of an egg to that of a foot-ball.
  • n. An icicle.
  • To mend or patch (especially shoes or boots).
  • Hence To put together, make, or do clumsily, unhandily, or coarsely.
  • To work as a cobbler; work clumsily.
  • n. See coble.
  • n. A name for the red-throated diver, Colymbus septentrionalis.
  • n. In general, any piece of iron or steel which is wasted during rolling or forging: specifically, an imperfectly puddled ball of iron which goes to pieces in the squeezer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. repair or mend
  • n. rectangular paving stone with curved top; once used to make roads
  • v. pave with cobblestones

Etymologies

Short for cobblestone.
Probably back-formation from cobbler1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Then, too, the roads were of the kind called _pavé_; that is, paved with what we know as cobble-stones or Belgian blocks.

    The Emma Gees

  • Michener gets everything right, from the pronunciation of Kabul -- "cobble" -- to the archaeology.

    Five Best

  • You can kind of cobble together a mental image of a lifetime spent with men nodding their heads in apparent fascination and listening to hours of endless drivel trying to figure out when and how to get their pants off and draw some conclusions as to why this might be, but let's just say that intellectual humility and celebrity beauty don't often go hand-in-hand.

    Jane Hamsher: Huckabee Pwns Limbaugh

  • More than one captain made up his mind then and there that his "cobble" or his "mule," as they term the different classes of boats, would remain in the harbour till the storm had passed.

    Dracula

  • She uses larger rocks such as cobble because pebbles can get stuck in an animal's paws.

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  • 'cobble' or his 'mule', as they term the different classes of boats, would remain in the harbour till the storm had passed.

    Dracula

  • It does stink to not be able to get the job one wants right off, but most young people, if they have not overburdened themselves with stupid debt (e.g. cars, credit cards), can ride out a hiring lag and manage to cobble together a successful career in its aftermath.

    Matthew Yglesias » By Request: The Graduates

  • If I were to cobble together a list of summer trash the 1st thing I would do is disqualify anything that shows up your standard school reading list.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • On the other hand, with Mr. Perry and Ms. Bachmann splitting the social conservatives and tea party affiliates, there's an opportunity for Mr. Romney to cobble together a winning coalition of his own.

    Four-Horse Race in Iowa

  • Good walking shoes and boots are essential with the cobble stone streets.

    cost of Moving to Lakeside

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  • A kind of boat: “More than one captain made up his mind then and there that his 'cobble' or his 'mule', as they term the different classes of boats, would remain in the harbour till the storm had passed.”

    Dracula, by Bram Stoker

    March 3, 2011

  • Ah yes, rolig... Artisanal labor. :)

    November 26, 2007

  • I like this word in both its direct meanings: "cobble" as in cobblestone, and "cobble" as in "repair shoes". But I really like the figurative usage that derives from this second meaning, as in "to cobble something together". A nice image of low-tech premodern industriousness.

    November 26, 2007

  • is defined by the Udden-Wentworth scale as being between 64 and 256 millimetres in diameter.

    February 26, 2007