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pebble

[peb-uh l] /ˈpɛb əl/
noun
1.
a small, rounded stone, especially one worn smooth by the action of water.
2.
Also called pebble leather. leather that has been given a granulated surface.
3.
any granulated or crinkled surface, especially of a textile.
4.
a transparent colorless rock crystal used for the lenses of eyeglasses.
5.
a lens made from this crystal.
verb (used with object), pebbled, pebbling.
6.
to prepare (leather) so as to have a granulated surface.
7.
to pelt with or as with pebbles.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pibbil, puble, pobble; compare Old English pæbbel (in place names), papel-, popel- (in compounds); phonological relations unclear
Related forms
unpebbled, adjective
Can be confused
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pebble

/ˈpɛbəl/
noun
1.
  1. a small smooth rounded stone, esp one worn by the action of water
  2. (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.
  1. a transparent colourless variety of rock crystal, used for making certain lenses
  2. such a lens
3.
(modifier) (informal) (of a lens or of spectacles) thick, with a high degree of magnification or distortion
4.
  1. a grainy irregular surface, esp on leather
  2. leather having such a surface
5.
(informal, mainly Austral) a troublesome or obstinate person or animal
verb (transitive)
6.
to pave, cover, or pelt with pebbles
7.
to impart a grainy surface to (leather)
Derived Forms
pebbly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English papolstān, from papol- (perhaps of imitative origin) + stān stone
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Word Origin and History for un pebbled
pebble
late 13c., from O.E. papolstan "pebblestone," of unknown origin.
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pebble
  (pěb'əl)   
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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