pebble

[ peb-uh l ]
/ ˈpɛb əl /

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.

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

pebble

/ (ˈpɛbəl) /

noun

verb (tr)

to pave, cover, or pelt with pebbles
to impart a grainy surface to (leather)
Derived Formspebbly, adjective

Word Origin for pebble

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

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."

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Science 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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Idioms and Phrases with pebble

pebble


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

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