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

Examples of pebble in a Sentence

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The thyme would fare better in climates with regular rain, said Ms. Benner, and the owners have since replaced the diminutive herb with more-practical pebbles. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "A Yard With No Lawn But Plenty of Greenery," 12 July 2019 Nature has lined the pools and waterways with mud, sand and pebbles, and there are enough rocks to keep you from comfortably going barefoot. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hiking to Havasupai: How far is it, what's Mooney Falls like and everything you need to know," 24 June 2019 As always, the parade itself was a pebble in a pond; social media instantly spread its ripples around the globe. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Remembering Leah Chase’s second-line parade in New Orleans," 13 June 2019 Khasi men and women sit by roadsides with ball-peen hammers reducing boulders to pebbles the size of peas that will descend to the plains not by stream but by lorry, there to feed an infrastructure boom on the alluvial plains of Bangladesh. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 The omniscient space pebbles have not made that part clear to me. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Your 2017 Love Horoscope: A Parody," 28 Dec. 2016 Tint remaining frosting and use, with marshmallows and candy pebbles, to decorate as desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Desert Bloom Cupcakes," 15 Feb. 2019 In Schibille and her colleagues' analysis, the chemical composition of those samples suggested very pure silica, such as clean silica sand or quartz pebbles. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018 The gun only had to shoot the pebbles about 10 feet, but at a speed of more than 11,000 miles per hour. New York Times, "How Asteroids May Have Brought Water to Earth," 15 May 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 How to pronounce pebble (audio) \

Kids Definition of pebble

: a small rounded stone

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