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 pebble (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 pebble (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pebble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hori’s plainly named D-Pad Controller (L) makes playing the Switch in its handheld mode a little more pleasant by trading the stiff pebble-like buttons of the default left Joy-Con for a genuine d-pad. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 Quintana, a 41-year-old lawyer in a pink scarf, stared as a pebble crumbled in her hand. Washington Post, "The search for the disappeared points to Mexico’s darkest secrets," 3 Dec. 2020 Pharrell Williams' voice washes over its listener clean and cool, like a stream of water descending on a pebble. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Pharrell Is Launching a Skin-Care Line Called Humanrace, and We Tried It First," 11 Nov. 2020 Substantive in-kind donations, financial leadership, employee engagement and capital investments can also take a small fledgling community organization from a small pebble to a giant boulder. Dallas News, "Equity through action: the Collin County Business Alliance takes a stand for social justice," 9 Nov. 2020 The Ripple Effect Award is so-named because of the ripples that spread from a single pebble dropped in a pond, just as a single volunteer benefits the broader community., "Harford’s Most Beautiful People award winners recognized," 6 Nov. 2020 The target is a white pebble placed on a ridge of ochre stone 75 yards away in the shadow of the mountain’s folds. Bernard-henri Lévy, WSJ, "A New Generation Fights for Afghanistan," 9 Oct. 2020 The Athenians voted by putting a pebble into one of two jars which might be why the word ballot comes from the French ballote, or small ball. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Don’t let anyone tell you that the vote’s not safe in San Francisco," 6 Oct. 2020 Oh, to be a pebble on the underside of that skateboard, rolling merrily along as Stevie Nicks croons and the cranberry juice pours freely in the late-summer heat. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Why Are We All So Obsessed With the Fleetwood Mac/Cranberry Juice TikTok?," 29 Sep. 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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“Pebble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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