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


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

Examples of pebble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The second sculpture is much older — pre-2000 B.C. — small: pebble-size. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Desert Empires: Wonders to Behold," 30 Jan. 2020 At the end of the game, whoever has accumulated the most pebbles wins. Popular Science, "Classic international games to add to your collection," 16 Jan. 2020 To block brush, stickers, dirt, pebbles, insects, and moisture in warm and cool weather. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Know Before You Buy Gaiters," 8 Jan. 2020 Having explored its new environment, the lamprey settled onto the pebbles at the bottom of the tank. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why the World Needs Bloodsucking Creatures," 2 Dec. 2019 And don’t skimp on paying for a sun lounger: Sitting on a towel on the hard pebbles is unpleasant, though the real perk is that a waiter will bring you drinks and food. Karin Mueller, Condé Nast Traveler, "My Favorite Airbnb in France: An Antique-Filled Apartment in Nice," 23 Aug. 2019 To secure the succulent, guests were directed to drop some more soil in, and then layer some pebbles to mask the dirt. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead's Baby Shower Had a Plant-a-Succlent Station," 24 Jan. 2020 The players move pebbles around it according to a set of rules. Popular Science, "Classic international games to add to your collection," 16 Jan. 2020 The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in an advisory the Taal Volcano, located about 37 miles south of Manila, has been continuously blasting a column of steam, ash, and pebbles up to 9 miles into the sky. Fox News, "Philippines volcano bring threat of 'volcanic tsunami' after eruption near Manila halts flights, thousands flee," 13 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of pebble was before the 12th century

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“Pebble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce pebble (audio) \

Kids Definition of pebble

: a small rounded stone

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