- 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
1250–1300; Middle English pibbil, puble, pobble; compare Old English pæbbel (in place names), papel-, popel- (in compounds); phonological relations unclear
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- 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)
Old English papolstān, from papol- (perhaps of imitative origin) + stān stone
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Word Origin and History for pebble-leather
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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- 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
see not the only fish in the sea (pebble on the beach).
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