pebble

[ peb-uh l ]
/ 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.

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 forms

un·peb·bled, adjective

Can be confused

boulder cobblestone granule pebble rock stone
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British Dictionary definitions for pebbling (1 of 2)

pebbling

/ (ˈpɛblɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for pebbling (2 of 2)

pebble

/ (ˈpɛbəl) /

noun


verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

pebbly, adjective

Word Origin for pebble

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