peb·ble | \ˈpe-bəl \

Definition of pebble 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small usually rounded stone especially when worn by the action of water

2 : transparent and colorless quartz : rock crystal

3 : an irregular, crinkled, or grainy surface


pebbled; pebbling\ˈpe-b(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of pebble (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pelt with pebbles

2 : to pave or cover with pebbles or something resembling pebbles

3 : to grain (a material, such as leather) so as to produce a rough and irregularly indented surface

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pebbly \ˈpe-b(ə-)lē \ adjective

Examples of pebble in a Sentence

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The hotel is built on an 1830s estate, surrounded by a private park and situated on a secluded pebble beach with stunning, cinematic views of the Bay of Mazzarò. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 At its southern edge, the vast body deposited tons of rocky debris — from sand and pebbles to boulders the size of school buses. William J. Broad, New York Times, "How the Ice Age Shaped New York," 5 June 2018 In 1924 blocks were thrown up to 0.6 miles from the vent and pebble-sized rocks several miles away. Phil Gast And Brandon Miller, CNN, "In 1924, explosions on Kilauea sent tons of rock flying. Will that happen again?," 9 May 2018 Of all the pebbles in President Donald Trump's shoe, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore has aspired — since before day one — to be one of the most conspicuous. Amy B. Wang,, "Michael Moore warns of fight to save democracy from Trump," 30 June 2018 Through the ’70s and into the ’80s, the heft of paintings increased with addition of more and different materials: crushed seashells, pebbles, glitter. New York Times, "Growing, Faltering, Changing, Growing: Lessons From Kay WalkingStick," 7 June 2018 Use a surface dressing like pebbles to thwart them. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Houseplant advice for the millennial (or anyone) who doesn’t have a green thumb," 11 July 2018 What’s Kept Alive My mother crunches her walker into the sea of pebblessurrounding the stepping stones, tells me, This bush with flowers is Japanese. Hartford Courant,, "The Poems Of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura: Honoring Ones Parents," 13 June 2018 Some new world monkeys pound nuts open with rocks, and apes have been known to use sticks to pry insects or pebbles from the ground. National Geographic, "Leopard Plays With Prey’s Own Bones," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of pebble


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pebble


Middle English pobble, from Old English papolstān, from papol- (of unknown origin) + stān stone

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English Language Learners Definition of pebble

: a small, round stone; especially : one that has been made smooth by the movement of water


peb·ble | \ˈpe-bəl \

Kids Definition of pebble

: a small rounded stone

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