pebble

noun
peb·​ble | \ ˈpe-bəl How to pronounce pebble (audio) \

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

pebble

verb
pebbled; pebbling\ ˈpe-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce pebbling (audio) \

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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Other Words from pebble

Noun

pebbly \ ˈpe-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pebbly (audio) \ adjective

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Updated within the past two years, the pebble tec and solar-heated pool and waterfall spa have all new plumbing, and a new patio surround. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Intricately remodeled home in Alamo’s Bryan Meadow area showcases a private playland," 9 Sep. 2019 In the central court, the running-bond pattern gives way to a stunning carpet of square pavers bordered by Mexican river pebbles. Emily Young, Los Angeles Times, "A Santa Monica backyard is remade for outdoor entertaining," 22 Aug. 2019 Underfoot, the remains of the road include a montage of blacktop, concrete and a pinkish pebble conglomerate that hint at the challenges of Depression-era road maintenance. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Route 66 'ghost roads' hike: Walk in the vanishing path of the Mother Road," 1 Aug. 2019 There’s a 200-foot-long, 6-foot-wide lazy river lined with pebble-finish glass tile and travertine edging. Washington Post, "From Zen to zany, backyards with style and personality," 23 July 2019 Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder gushed about their clever method of wedging open mussel shells with pebbles in order to get to the food inside. Tik Root, Time, "Inside the Race to Build the World's First Commercial Octopus Farm," 21 Aug. 2019 Magic pebbles are all well and good — so are donkeys — but tools of the trade are right up there, too. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Eric Carle Museum explores the enchanted world of children’s book master Peter Sís," 22 Aug. 2019 On the sandy embayments rimming the southwestern English coastline, beachcombers can find a wide array of stones, from tiny pebbles to hefty paperweights, strewn amidst the flotsam. Rob Arnold, National Geographic, "New plastic pollution formed by fire looks like rocks," 16 Aug. 2019 One possible reason is that pebbles and gravels that were encountered by Curiosity were too small for the MRO to see, according to the campaign's co-lead, Valerie Fox of Caltech. Fox News, "7 years on Mars, NASA Curiosity rover celebrates anniversary with new finds," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pebble

Noun

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

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pebble

Noun

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

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pebble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pebble

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

pebble

noun
peb·​ble | \ ˈpe-bəl How to pronounce pebble (audio) \

Kids Definition of pebble

: a small rounded stone

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