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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pebble
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a shingle/pebble/pebbly beach (=covered with very small stones)
▪ Both resorts have small shingle beaches.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
small
▪ Floors were sometimes plastered, especially in light-wells or courtyards, with small pebbles mixed in with the plaster.
▪ Rubbing handfuls of small pebbles against my head and skin, I washed my hair and body until I felt raw.
■ NOUN
beach
▪ The sea crashing against the pebble beach whispered rumours of war in this ancient landscape.
▪ But this time it leaped straight out of the sea on to the pebble beach!
▪ He parked close to where the land sloped downwards to a narrow pebble beach, and switched the engine off.
▪ A pebble beach, situated on the bay below the hotel, is reached by cable-car and 350 steps.
▪ The beer garden is an urban embarrassment of grey pebble beach and picnic tables.
▪ This village is noted for the amount of sun it receives and for its long pebble beach.
▪ It's only a short stop to the sand and pebble beach where watersports are also available.
▪ Further west lies Chesil Bank - a spectacular 18 mile pebble beach which joins the Isle of Portland to the mainland.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
skim stones/pebbles etc
▪ Small boys skim stones across the surface of the river.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A shower of pebbles fell short of her shin.
▪ He ripped up grass; tore apart moss; picked up pebbles, sticks, and twigs.
▪ He says they have to put a pebble in their hand down south so they know left face from right face.
▪ However, convincing myself the pebbles I was climbing on wouldn't pull out did take a little time.
▪ Like pebbles underwater, flickering with the light.
▪ Mist them frequently or place the container on a tray of pebbles and water.
▪ Spray some pebbles silver and use an indelible pen to number them I to 24.
▪ There was a brighter rattle, as of something small and hard, like pebbles.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
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.

    As children gathering pebbles on the shore.
    --Milton.

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

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

    Scotch pebble, varieties of quartz, as agate, chalcedony, etc., obtained from cavities in amygdaloid.

Pebble

Pebble \Peb"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pebbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Pebbling.] To grain (leather) so as to produce a surface covered with small rounded prominences.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
pebble

small, smooth stone, late 13c., from Old English papolstan "pebblestone," of unknown origin. Perhaps imitative. Some sources compare Latin papula "pustule, pimple, swelling."

Wiktionary
pebble

n. 1 A small stone, especially one rounded by the action of water. 2 (context geology English) A particle from 4 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale 3 (context curling English) A small droplet of water intentionally sprayed on the ice that cause irregularities on the surface. 4 Transparent and colourless rock crystal. vb. 1 To pave with pebbles. 2 (context curling English) To deposit water droplets on the ice. e.g. to pebble the ice between games.

WordNet
pebble

n. a small smooth rounded rock

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Pebble

A pebble is a clast of rock with a particle size of 2 to 64 millimetres based on the Krumbein phi scale of sedimentology. Pebbles are generally considered larger than granules (2 to 4 millimetres diameter) and smaller than cobbles (64 to 256 millimetres diameter). A rock made predominantly of pebbles is termed a conglomerate. Pebble tools are among the earliest known man-made artifacts, dating from the Palaeolithic period of human history.

A beach composed chiefly of surface pebbles is commonly termed a shingle beach. This type of beach has armoring characteristics with respect to wave erosion, as well as ecological niches that provide habitat for animals and plants.

Inshore banks of shingle (large quantities of pebbles) exist in some locations, such as the entrance to the River Ore, where the moving banks of shingle give notable navigational challenges.

Pebbles come in various colors and textures and can have streaks, known as veins, of quartz or other minerals. Pebbles are mostly smooth but, dependent on how frequently they come in contact with the sea, they can have marks of contact with other rocks or other pebbles. Pebbles left above the high water mark may have growths of organisms such as lichen on them, signifying the lack of contact with seawater.

Pebble (disambiguation)

Pebble is a small clast of rock.

Pebble can also refer to:

Pebble (watch)

The Pebble Smartwatch, often known now as the Pebble Classic, is an American smartwatch developed by Pebble Technology Corporation, and is the first generation of the Pebble watch lineup. The smartwatch was pledged from a Kickstarter campaign, proving massively successful, collecting around $10 million for development of the smartwatch.

Pebble connects to both Android and iOS phones, so they can display notifications from the phone, and an online app store makes the Pebble compatible with apps tailored for them from many third party sellers. In 2015, Pebble Technology released its second-generation Time, with a color display, microphone, and updated design.

Pebble Technology Corporation raised $10.3 million through a Kickstarter campaign running from April 11, 2012, through May 18, 2012; this was the most money raised for any product on the site at that time. Best Buy, an American consumer electronics corporation, began selling Pebble smartwatches in July 2013, and sold out within five days. On December 31, 2014, Pebble sold its one millionth smartwatch. In 2015, Pebble launched the Pebble Time and Time Steel with Kickstarter, raising $20,338,986 from over 75,000 backers, breaking records for both on the site.

Usage examples of "pebble".

Oswald Brunies, the strutting, candy-sucking teacher -- a monument will be erected to him -- to him with magnifying glass on elastic, with sticky bag in sticky coat pocket, to him who collected big stones and little stones, rare pebbles, preferably mica gneiss -- muscovy biotite -- quartz, feldspar, and hornblende, who picked up pebbles, examined them, rejected or kept them, to him the Big Playground of the Conradinum was not an abrasive stumbling block but a lasting invitation to scratch about with the tip of his shoe after nine rooster steps.

With the heel of his palm on the underside, he flicked a callused thumb back and forth across the pebbled tip until her breast felt heavy and ached for some fulfillment she could not understand.

Beautiful rocky cliffs, full of caves, enclosed a little beach of colored pebbles, and then a strip of golden sand scattered over with rocks that held pools full of scarlet sea anemonies, and shells, and colored seaweeds like satin ribbon.

The areolas pebbled roughly, contrasting with the delicate smoothness of the skin surrounding it.

The brown nipples, surrounded by warm tan areoles, were pebbled to hard nubs -- the kind a man would nuzzle and suck into his mouth.

Next moment, he collided with a wall of stone and fell back on his heels while the bauble slipped from his grasp and dropped among the pebbles on the uneven ground.

He raised the camera, focused it along the pebble drive, began to photo Cleaver Hall between two bars.

I pulled a branch under the cowhide and scrabbled my fingers through the pebbles at my feet.

In the next, a true oddity, reading matter caught not in the facets of decagons but on supple wry-grass paper, lovingly handmade, bound with cor-tail thread, surrounded by covers fashioned from the speckled hides of razor-raptors, dyed hin-demuth, pebbled searay, even, astonishingly, perwillon.

They had nearly reached the bottom of the bowl when Delai crunched down the pebble path towards them.

We would watch the boats through the sky-glass, paddle in the water, gather shells and pebbles and mussels, and sit on the rocks and eat dulse, literally, by the yard.

Varnished Faiences -- Enamelled Faiences -- Silicious Faiences -- Pipeclay Faiences -- Pebble Work -- Feldspathic Faiences -- Composition, Processes of Manufacture and General Arrangements of Faience Potteries -- Stoneware.

I was a long time in discovering that this meaningless euphonic name was but the memory of the Isle aux Galets--the island of the pebbles.

Once in a chapel of remembrance she had found perfect pebbles of Tiffany favrile glass lying on the floor, in tobacco and a magnolia pink whose colour reminded her of the heather in Cornwall.

I lifted a pebble that happened to lie at the bottom of the boat and flung it at that creature with the melancholy eyes.