pebble

[peb-uh l]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. peau d'orange,
  2. peau de soie,
  3. peavey,
  4. peavy,
  5. peba,
  6. pebble dash,
  7. pebble garden,
  8. pebble heater,
  9. pebbling,
  10. pebbly

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 pebbling

pebbling

noun

curling the act of spraying the rink with drops of hot water to slow down the stone

pebble

noun

  1. a small smooth rounded stone, esp one worn by the action of water
  2. geologya rock fragment, often rounded, with a diameter of 4–64 mm and thus smaller than a cobble but larger than a granule
  1. a transparent colourless variety of rock crystal, used for making certain lenses
  2. such a lens
(modifier) informal (of a lens or of spectacles) thick, with a high degree of magnification or distortion
  1. a grainy irregular surface, esp on leather
  2. leather having such a surface
informal, mainly Australian a troublesome or obstinate person or animal

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 pebbling

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 pebbling

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 pebbling

pebble

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

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