[ peb-uh l ]
/ ˈpɛb əl /
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.
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
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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/ (ˈpɛbəl) /
- a small smooth rounded stone, esp one worn by the action of water
- geology a 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 for pebble
Old English papolstān, from papol- (perhaps of imitative origin) + stān stone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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
[ pĕb′əl ]
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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see not the only fish in the sea (pebble on the beach).
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