Pebble
Pebble Peb"ble, n. [AS. papolst[=a]n; cf. L. papula pimple, mote. See {Stone}.] 1. A small roundish stone or bowlder; especially, a stone worn and rounded by the action of water; a pebblestone. ``The pebbles on the hungry beach.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

As children gathering pebbles on the shore. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Transparent and colorless rock crystal; as, Brazilian pebble; -- so called by opticians. [1913 Webster]

{Pebble powder}, slow-burning gunpowder, in large cubical grains.

{Scotch pebble}, varieties of quartz, as agate, chalcedony, etc., obtained from cavities in amygdaloid. [1913 Webster]


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  • pebble — n. 1 a small smooth stone worn by the action of water. 2 a a type of colourless transparent rock crystal used for spectacles. b a lens of this. c (attrib.) colloq. (of a spectacle lens) very thick and convex. 3 an agate or other gem, esp. when… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • pebble — noun a small stone made smooth and round by the action of water or sand. adjective informal (of a spectacle lens) very thick and convex. Derivatives pebbled adjective pebbly adjective Origin OE, recorded as the first element of papel stān pebble… …   English new terms dictionary

  • pebble — UK [ˈpeb(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms pebble : singular pebble plural pebbles a small stone, especially one that has been made smooth by water …   English dictionary

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