from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small stone, especially one worn smooth by erosion.
- n. Clear colorless quartz; rock crystal.
- n. A lens made of such quartz.
- n. Geology A rock fragment between 4 and 64 millimeters (0.16 and 2.51 inches) in diameter, especially one that has been naturally rounded.
- n. An irregularly rough, grainy surface, as on leather or paper.
- transitive v. To pave with pebbles.
- transitive v. To impart an irregularly rough, grainy surface to (leather or paper).
- transitive v. To pelt with pebbles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small stone
- n. A particle from 4 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
- n. A small droplet of water intentionally sprayed on the ice that cause irregularities on the surface.
- v. To pave with pebbles.
- v. To deposit water droplets on the ice. e.g. to pebble the ice between games.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small roundish piece of stone; especially, a stone worn and rounded by the action of water; a pebblestone.
- n. Transparent and colorless rock crystal.
- transitive v. To grain (leather) so as to produce a surface covered with small rounded prominences.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To assume a prominent grain, or a rough or ribbed appearance, as leather when treated by the process called pebbling.
- To prepare, as leather, so as to cause the grain to become prominent and to present a roughened or ribbed appearance. See pebbling.
- n. A small rounded stone.
- n. In jewelry, an agate. Scotch agates are commonly known as Scotch pebbles.
- n. A transparent and colorless rook-crystal used as a substitute for glass in spectacles, or a fine kind of glass so used.
- n. Pebble-leather.
- n. A large size of gunpowder; pebble-powder.
- n. One of several different pyralid, tortricid, and bombycid moths: an English collectors’ name.
- n. In Australia, a hard, obstinate person; a tough; also said of animals.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small smooth rounded rock
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