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pebble

[peb-uh l]
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noun
  1. a small, rounded stone, especially one worn smooth by the action of water.
  2. Also called pebble leather. leather that has been given a granulated surface.
  3. any granulated or crinkled surface, especially of a textile.
  4. a transparent colorless rock crystal used for the lenses of eyeglasses.
  5. a lens made from this crystal.
verb (used with object), peb·bled, peb·bling.
  1. to prepare (leather) so as to have a granulated surface.
  2. to pelt with or as with pebbles.

Origin of pebble

1250–1300; Middle English pibbil, puble, pobble; compare Old English pæbbel (in place names), papel-, popel- (in compounds); phonological relations unclear
Related formsun·peb·bled, adjective
Can be confusedboulder cobblestone granule pebble rock stone
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British Dictionary definitions for pebble-leather

pebble

noun
    1. a small smooth rounded stone, esp one worn by the action of water
    2. geologya rock fragment, often rounded, with a diameter of 4–64 mm and thus smaller than a cobble but larger than a granule
    1. a transparent colourless variety of rock crystal, used for making certain lenses
    2. such a lens
  1. (modifier) informal (of a lens or of spectacles) thick, with a high degree of magnification or distortion
    1. a grainy irregular surface, esp on leather
    2. leather having such a surface
  2. informal, mainly Australian a troublesome or obstinate person or animal
verb (tr)
  1. to pave, cover, or pelt with pebbles
  2. to impart a grainy surface to (leather)
Derived Formspebbly, adjective

Word Origin

Old English papolstān, from papol- (perhaps of imitative origin) + stān stone
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Word Origin and History for pebble-leather

pebble

n.

small, smooth stone, late 13c., from Old English papolstan "pebblestone," of unknown origin. Perhaps imitative. Some sources compare Latin papula "pustule, pimple, swelling."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pebble-leather in Science

pebble

[pĕbəl]
  1. A rock fragment larger than a granule and smaller than a cobble. Pebbles have a diameter between 4 and 64 mm (0.16 and 2.56 inches) and are often rounded.
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Idioms and Phrases with pebble-leather

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