pebble

noun
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

pebble

verb
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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Other Words from pebble

Noun

pebbly \ˈpe-​b(ə-​)lē \ adjective

Examples of pebble in a Sentence

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This causes painful nodules that feel almost like a pebble under your skin, says Beverly Hills Dermatologist and Owner of Ava MD and Skin Five, Ava Shamban. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 7 Nov. 2017 To really ensure the cabbage stays submerged in its liquid, set a few clean rocks, pebbles, or marbles on top to keep it pressed down. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Sauerkraut," 30 Oct. 2018 From there, pilgrims will head to an area called Muzdalifa, picking up pebbles along the way for a symbolic stoning of the devil and a casting away of sins that takes place in the Mina valley for three days. Omar Akour, Fox News, "Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage," 19 Aug. 2018 Every other day or so, a street sweeper would rumble by, vacuuming up pebbles and bits of gravel. John Kelly, Washington Post, "From potholes to perfect pavement: My neighborhood has lovely new streets," 24 June 2018 And for dessert, a highlight: a whole pear with cocoa pebbles and candied pear, mint cream, and chestnut cream. Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Restaurants in Paris," 4 Mar. 2018 The gun only had to shoot the pebbles about 10 feet, but at a speed of more than 11,000 mph. James Gorman, BostonGlobe.com, "There’s a lot of water on Earth. How did it get here?," 15 May 2018 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of pebble

: a small rounded stone

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