Definitions for cobblestoneˈkɒb əlˌstoʊn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a naturally rounded stone, larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder, formerly used in paving.
Origin of cobblestone:
1400–50; late ME cobylstone
cobble, cobblestone, sett(verb)
rectangular paving stone with curved top; once used to make roads
pave with cobblestones
A rounded stone from a river bed, fit for use as ballast in ships and for paving roads.
Origin: From kobilstane, from cobble (probably a diminutive of one of various words cob, presumed to stem from a Proto-Germanic root kubb- "something rounded") + stan
a large pebble; a rounded stone not too large to be handled; a small boulder; -- used for paving streets and for other purposes
Cobblestones are stones that were frequently used in the pavement of early streets. "Cobblestone" is derived from the very old English word "cob", which had a wide range of meanings, one of which was "rounded lump" with overtones of large size. "Cobble", which appeared in the 15th century, simply added the diminutive suffix "le" to "cob", and meant a small stone rounded by the flow of water; essentially, a large pebble. It was these smooth "cobbles", gathered from stream beds, that paved the first "cobblestone" streets. Note that cobble is a generic geological term for any stone having dimensions between 2.5–10 inches. A cobbled area is known as a "causey", "cassay" or "cassie" in Scots.
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