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Pebbles on a beach.

Etymology edit

From Middle English pibel (also in pibleston), from Old English papolstān (pebble-stone), from Old English *papol, *pyppel, *pæbbel of unknown origin + Old English stān. Compare Albanian popël. (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Pronunciation edit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɛb.əl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛbəl

Noun edit

pebble (countable and uncountable, plural pebbles)

  1. A small stone, especially one rounded by the action of water.
  2. (geology) A particle from 4 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale.
  3. (curling) A small droplet of water intentionally sprayed on the ice that cause irregularities on the surface.
  4. Transparent and colourless rock crystal.
    Brazilian pebble
  5. A form of slow-burning gunpowder in large cubical grains.
    Synonyms: cube powder, prismatic powder
  6. (slang) A small piece of crack cocaine.
    Synonym: (clipping) peb
    Coordinate term: rock (crystallized lump of crack cocaine)
    • 2019 February 22, Giggs (lyrics and music), “You Ain't…” (track 13), in Big Bad…, performed by Giggs:
      You ain't got your Glock for the summer / And you ain't gonna pop for your gunner / You ain't in the whip with them pebbles (Nah) / You ain't on the strip with the rebels (Nah)

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Verb edit

pebble (third-person singular simple present pebbles, present participle pebbling, simple past and past participle pebbled)

  1. (transitive) To pave with pebbles.
  2. (transitive, curling) To deposit water droplets on the ice.
    to pebble the ice between games
  3. (transitive) To give (leather) a rough appearance with small rounded prominences.
  4. (transitive, graph theory) To place a pebble at (a vertex of a graph) according to certain rules; see pebble game.

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