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pebble

[ peb-uhl ]
/ ˈpɛb əl /
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noun
verb (used with object), peb·bled, peb·bling.
to prepare (leather) so as to have a granulated surface.
to pelt with or as with pebbles.
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Origin of pebble

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English pibbil, puble, pobble; compare Old English pæbbel (in placenames), papel-, popel- (in compounds); phonological relations unclear

OTHER WORDS FROM pebble

un·peb·bled, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pebble

boulder, cobblestone, granule, pebble , rock, stone
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British Dictionary definitions for pebble

pebble
/ (ˈpɛbəl) /

noun
verb (tr)
to pave, cover, or pelt with pebbles
to impart a grainy surface to (leather)

Derived forms of pebble

pebbly, adjective

Word Origin for pebble

Old English papolstān, from papol- (perhaps of imitative origin) + stān stone
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Scientific definitions for pebble

pebble
[ pĕbəl ]

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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Other Idioms and Phrases with pebble

pebble

see not the only fish in the sea (pebble on the beach).

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