- a small, rounded stone, especially one worn smooth by the action of water.
- Also called pebble leather. leather that has been given a granulated surface.
- any granulated or crinkled surface, especially of a textile.
- a transparent colorless rock crystal used for the lenses of eyeglasses.
- a lens made from this crystal.
- to prepare (leather) so as to have a granulated surface.
- to pelt with or as with pebbles.
Origin of pebble
Examples from the Web for pebble
Pluck a pebble from a mountain and pretend the mountain is gone.The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution
Karl W. Giberson
June 1, 2014
The maze ends in an expansive Zen garden, complete with a pebble pool-pit and a vast mirror along one wall.The Royal Academy Wants You to Finish This Artwork
January 24, 2014
Other key presenters included executives from Google, Microsoft, and start-ups like Pebble.America’s Start-Up Silver Lining
October 30, 2013
The Pebble comes close, but it still looks like a computer sitting on a wristband.Apple’s iWatch Can’t Arrive Soon Enough
August 26, 2013
And then, if a cat or a dog comes along and sniffs the pebble, it dies.Benjamin Percy: How I Write
June 5, 2013
A brazen urn was carried round, in which every citizen deposited a pebble.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He didn't toss it up, not a bit of it; ran as game as a pebble; he just tired at the finish.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
A pebble, dropped from your hand, would strike in the midst of them.The Gorgon's Head
"I guess that will show up every pebble in the road," commented the balloonist.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
Two more of these "others" are the two in the photograph who are playing a pebble game.Lotus Buds
- a small smooth rounded stone, esp one worn by the action of water
- geologya rock fragment, often rounded, with a diameter of 4–64 mm and thus smaller than a cobble but larger than a granule
- a transparent colourless variety of rock crystal, used for making certain lenses
- such a lens
- (modifier) informal (of a lens or of spectacles) thick, with a high degree of magnification or distortion
- a grainy irregular surface, esp on leather
- leather having such a surface
- informal, mainly Australian a troublesome or obstinate person or animal
- to pave, cover, or pelt with pebbles
- to impart a grainy surface to (leather)
Word Origin and History for pebble
small, smooth stone, late 13c., from Old English papolstan "pebblestone," of unknown origin. Perhaps imitative. Some sources compare Latin papula "pustule, pimple, swelling."
- 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.