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

Other Words from pebble


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

Examples of pebble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 1996, an archaeologist named Aly A. Barakat was doing fieldwork in an Egyptian desert and stumbled across an unusual shiny black pebble now known as the Hypatia stone (after Hypatia of Alexandria). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 June 2022 Consider styles made from materials meant to get better with each wear, like nubuck or pebble-grained leather. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 May 2022 The red eventually faded to pink and back to tan, but ever since, the county has policed movie crews, and fined and banished those that alter so much as a pebble. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 In her circa 1928 photograph of an empty concrete amphitheater at Mills College, for instance, bands of dark and light curve outward like ripples of water from a pebble dropped in a pond, filling the frame. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Into the frame came the penguin’s mate, carrying a pebble. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Landing at the airport on the tiny West African island of Príncipe, the plane seems to skim the top of the dense jungle canopy, almost like a pebble skipping the surface of the water. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 30 Jan. 2022 The pebble-like synthetic plastic polymer, stored in refrigerator-sized boxes in one wing of Erika’s facility, is also used to make vinyl flooring, fake leather and credit cards. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Ripples stir the surface, and then the other pool—the pool that never felt the pebble—starts moving to its rhythm. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of pebble

: a small rounded stone

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