a small, rounded stone, especially one worn smooth by the action of water.
Also called pebble leather. leather that has been given a granulated surface.
any granulated or crinkled surface, especially of a textile.
a transparent colorless rock crystal used for the lenses of eyeglasses.
a lens made from this crystal.
verb (used with object), pebbled, pebbling.
to prepare (leather) so as to have a granulated surface.
to pelt with or as with pebbles.

1250–1300; Middle English pibbil, puble, pobble; compare Old English pæbbel (in place names), papel-, popel- (in compounds); phonological relations unclear

unpebbled, adjective

boulder, cobblestone, granule, pebble, rock, stone. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
pebble (ˈpɛbəl)
1.  a.  a small smooth rounded stone, esp one worn by the action of water
 b.  geology a rock fragment, often rounded, with a diameter of 4--64 mm and thus smaller than a cobble but larger than a granule
2.  a.  a transparent colourless variety of rock crystal, used for making certain lenses
 b.  such a lens
3.  informal (modifier) (of a lens or of spectacles) thick, with a high degree of magnification or distortion
4.  a.  a grainy irregular surface, esp on leather
 b.  leather having such a surface
5.  informal chiefly (Austral) a troublesome or obstinate person or animal
6.  to pave, cover, or pelt with pebbles
7.  to impart a grainy surface to (leather)
[Old English papolstān, from papol- (perhaps of imitative origin) + stān stone]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.E. papolstan "pebblestone," of unknown origin.
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Science Dictionary
pebble   (pěb'əl)  Pronunciation Key 
A rock fragment larger than a granule and smaller than a cobble. Pebbles have a diameter between 4 and 64 mm (0.16 and 2.56 inches) and are often rounded.
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Example sentences
The field was sparkling in the sun with all type of shiny rocks and pebbles.
Straw mushrooms and potato pebbles line the gravy river.
They are picked up in the form of pebbles or found in place in a species of
  volcanic rock.
One place, in which the sing of pebbles skittering over the ice on a lake
  points a mood of faint depression, is unforgettable.
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