Meaning of PEBBLE in English


I. ˈpe-bəl noun

Etymology: Middle English pobble, from Old English papolstān, from papol- (of unknown origin) + stān stone

Date: 14th century

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

• peb·bly -b(ə-)lē adjective

II. transitive verb

( peb·bled ; peb·bling -b(ə-)liŋ)

Date: 1605

1. : to pelt with pebbles

2. : to pave or cover with pebbles or something resembling pebbles

3. : to grain (as leather) so as to produce a rough and irregularly indented surface

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