One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small stone made smooth and round by the action of water or sand.
rock, boulderView synonyms
- ‘All the kid has to do is to collect some smooth pebbles, each around the size of his or her palm.’
- ‘There are rocks and pebbles, heaps of different tiny metallic things that resonate.’
- ‘It's a lovely place and we walked across stepping stones and skimmed pebbles in the river.’
- ‘Weeds often cause problems so use an ornamental ground cover or spread pebbles or stone chips.’
- ‘Rounded pebbles suggest that one or many rivers had run their course through the now-submerged region.’
- ‘This is done with small stones or pebbles, or other convenient small objects.’
- ‘I sat down and threw pebbles at the water's edge and all of a sudden heard a stifled laugh.’
- ‘He gently shook the jar, and the sand fell through and settled where there was a space between the rocks and the pebbles.’
- ‘Stones and pebbles are dropped into the exposed corner of the hole, and thunder as they land.’
- ‘Doris spent the day throwing pebbles into dark water that absorbed every dream she ever had.’
- ‘Scattered on the rocks around it is a rough circle of river smooth pebbles with holes in them.’
- ‘What kid doesn't bring home interesting pebbles, or sand from the beach?’
- ‘There was a tiny old Asian lady sitting on the beach putting pebbles in a metal bowl.’
- ‘Birds were singing, in tune to the slow movement of water over the pebbles.’
- ‘Paving stones and pebbles are set into the ground so you are not in danger of slipping on wet grass.’
- ‘We had sediments, river mud, pebbles rounded by water action, even the remains of aquatic plants on the site.’
- ‘They consist of particulate rocks that vary in size from sand to pebbles and cobbles.’
- ‘And they even marked out the anniversary with a five-metre high message in stones and pebbles.’
- ‘A simple bowl with river pebbles, water and floating candles are a nice decoration.’
- ‘Evelyn put the rest of her right foot into the lake to rest her feet on top of the smooth pebbles at the bottom.’
attributive (of an eyeglass lens) very thick and convex.‘pebble glasses’
- ‘He was a small, bald man in his fifties with pebble glasses.’
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.
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