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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English pobble, pibel, pebul, from Old English papol- (as in papolstān, pebblestone).



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