Definition of pebble in English:

pebble

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛb(ə)l
 
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noun

A small stone made smooth and round by the action of water or sand: [as modifier]: a narrow pebble beach
More example sentences
  • We had sediments, river mud, pebbles rounded by water action, even the remains of aquatic plants on the site.
  • It's a lovely place and we walked across stepping stones and skimmed pebbles in the river.
  • They consist of particulate rocks that vary in size from sand to pebbles and cobbles.

adjective

[attributive] informal Back to top  
(Of a spectacle lens) very thick and convex: pebble glasses
More example sentences
  • He was a small, bald man in his fifties with pebble glasses.

Origin

late Old English, recorded as the first element of papel-stān 'pebble-stone', pyppelrīpig 'pebble-stream', of unknown origin. The word is recorded in place names from the early 12th century onwards.

Phrases

not the only pebble on the beach

(Especially of a former lover) not unique or irreplaceable.

Derivatives

pebbled

adjective
More example sentences
  • A handsome man strides along a pebbled beach in New England.
  • The floor under the stairs is pebbled with a wall-length glass panel window overlooking the well-kept garden.
  • We sat on the pebbled beach and watched the sun setting.

pebbly

adjective (pebblier, pebbliest)
More example sentences
  • These are ideal for pebbly or rocky beaches and for getting into and out of the sea.
  • But anyways, I keep finding these round pebbly things.
  • The crowd were standing on a slanted pebbly beach.

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