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cobble

Definitions

  • An imposing building overshadows cobbled streets
    An imposing building overshadows cobbled streets
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cobble repair or mend "cobble shoes"
    • v cobble pave with cobblestones
    • n cobble rectangular paving stone with curved top; once used to make roads
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cobble A cobblestone. "Their slings held cobbles round."
    • n Cobble A fishing boat. See Coble.
    • Cobble Cob coal. See under Cob.
    • Cobble To make clumsily. "Cobbled rhymes."
    • Cobble To make or mend coarsely; to patch; to botch; as, to cobble shoes. "A cobbled saddle."
    • Cobble To pave with cobblestones.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cobble 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 cobble A rounded hill.
    • n cobble A round nut like a cobble. See cobnut.
    • n cobble A kernel or stone (of fruit, etc.).
    • n cobble A lump of coal from the size of an egg to that of a foot-ball.
    • n cobble An icicle.
    • cobble To mend or patch (especially shoes or boots).
    • cobble Hence To put together, make, or do clumsily, unhandily, or coarsely.
    • cobble To work as a cobbler; work clumsily.
    • n cobble See coble.
    • n cobble A name for the red-throated diver, Colymbus septentrionalis.
    • n cobble 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cobble kob′l a stone worn smooth by water
    • v.t Cobble to pave with such
    • v.t Cobble kob′l to patch up or mend coarsely, as shoes
    • n Cobble a small flat-bottomed fishing-boat.
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Idioms

Enough to cobble dogs with - (UK) A large surplus of anything: We've got enough coffee to cobble dogs with. Possible explanations: A cobblestone is a cut stone with a curved surface. These were set together to create road surfaces, in the days before the widespread use of asphalt. The image the phrase contains is that, even after all the roads have been cobbled, there are so many cobblestones left over that things that don’t need cobbling – such as dogs – could still be cobbled. A cobbler repairs shoes, so if you have enough leather to cobble an animal with four feet or that doesn't need shoes, you have a surplus.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. cobler, copler, to join or knit together, couple, F. coupler, L. copulare, to couple, join. Cf. Couple (n.) & (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. W. ceubal, a hollow trunk, a boat.

Usage

In literature:

It has always been a fine trade, this cobbling.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Its streets were marked by gable ends and cobble stones.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Anna watched her from the windows, watched the carriage jolt away along the cobbled street and disappear.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Jolting over the cobble-stones, the cart proceeded at a rapid pace for nearly a quarter of an hour.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
The paving was of cobbles between which grew dank moss.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Then, as I walked in the silent streets, narrow and steep, with their cobble-paving, the white houses gained a new aspect.
"The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia" by William Somerset Maugham
Outside, on the cobbled yard, the gull lay dead, its glazed eyes fixed on the house.
"Where Deep Seas Moan" by E. Gallienne-Robin
Moccasins of deer skins, shoe packs, and rough shoes, the leather tanned and cobbled by the owner, are worn on the feet.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
The door slammed shut, and then he was rattled away over the cobbles.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
There won't be any trees in Redding; only horrid hard cobble-stones.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
The cobbles were slippery under the gate.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
Another abiding feature of Bletchingley is its cobbled gutters.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
This promise he faithfully fulfilled, and remained to cobble Glazier's shoes into a condition of comparative comfort.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
Then the noise of passing vehicles, and the altered motion of the car over the large cobble-stones woke her.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Crowl cobbled away, talking to his tenant without raising his eyes.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
Why, sir, cobble you.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
The cobble is soon outshot, but its owner will not give in.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
I sat staring at the grounds, at the cobble-stone walls, at the tapestry-brick house with the high-shouldered French cornices.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Beyond the cobble-paved chief street of Fraunheim the road took a sharp bend, and began to mount the slopes of the Taunus suddenly.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
Finally it began to move more slowly and after a few moments vibrated as if passing over cobble-stones.
"The Mark of the Knife" by Clayton H. Ernst
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In poetry:

And at the pace they keep
Their horses' armoured feet
Strike sparks from the cobbled street
In the bright new season.
"Image From D'Orleans" by Ezra Pound
Trot and gallop with gulls upon them
And thunderbolts in their manes.
O Rome and Sodom To-morrow and London
The country tide is cobbled with towns
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
The very small children in patched clothing,
Being smitten with an unusual wisdom,
Stopped in their play as she passed them
And cried up from their cobbles:
"The Study In Aesthetics" by Ezra Pound
For nations vague as weed,
For nomads among stones,
Small-statured cross-faced tribes
And cobble-close families
In mill-towns on dark mornings
Life is slow dying.
"Nothing To Be Said" by Philip Larkin
Once, striding in a monk’s unbending mode,
You pierced the yard from rim to other rim;
The cobble-stones and the coarse dream --
Have thirst for death and sadness of the broad-
""The falling is the constant mate of fear"" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
Down cobbled streets they come; down huddled stairways;
Through silent halls; through carven golden doorways;
From freezing rooms as bare as rock.
The curtains are closed across deserted windows.
Earth streams out of the shovel; the pebbles knock.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 08:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Gordon Ramsay might be able to rescue Cobble Hill's Mama Maria's restaurant on "Kitchen Nightmares" tonight, but he might not be able to save the chicken livers and scallops.
WRLF offers guided hike on Pine Cobble .
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation announces a guided natural history hike to some of the lesser known areas of its Pine Cobble conservation property beginning at 11 am on Sunday, Nov 11.
City should close Cobble Hill Park later so we don't get ticketed.
The Infinity Cobble Collection is Olsen Pavingstone's new line.
Living In Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
A storm last week damaged Christ Church in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
RINGGOLD Barbara Christian Potts Cobble, 77, died on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at her residence.
The cobbler takes its name from the biscuit dough crust on top - it is rough looking or ' cobbled '.
And Breuckelen, a new Cobble Hill eatery, certainly embraces what has become known as Kings County cuisine: local, seasonal, new American fare that champions the ideals of farm living within a decidedly urban environment.
Tenants say condo plan at Cobble Hill building is gentrification.
Reporter's Notebook: Children Orphaned by AIDS Cobble Lives from the Ruins.
Cobble, Rumph the new leaders.
Defensive tackles Donte Rumph (99), left, Mister Cobble, (97) and Tristian Johnson (51), were interviewed on Friday, Aug 3, 2012 at University of Kentucky football media day at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
City cobbles together new redevelopment plan for Veterans Memorial Coliseum .
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In science:

Like a cobbled street for a bicycle, the dissipative effect would then be reproduced over an extended area.
Mirror-mediated cooling: a paradigm for particle cooling via the retarded dipole force
Cobbling together disparate experiments will not provide the accuracy needed; indeed offsets of as little as 0.02 mag between redshift sets can lead to biases of order 0.7σ (Linder & Miquel 2004).
Seeing the Nature of the Accelerating Physics: It's a SNAP
This ad hoc integration, transformation, or simple cobbling together is done by the user to get what they need when they need it.
Information and Data Quality in Spreadsheets
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