[peb-uh l] /ˈpɛb əl/
a small, rounded stone, especially one worn smooth by the action of water.
Also called pebble leather. leather that has been given a granulated surface.
any granulated or crinkled surface, especially of a textile.
a transparent colorless rock crystal used for the lenses of eyeglasses.
a lens made from this crystal.
verb (used with object), pebbled, pebbling.
to prepare (leather) so as to have a granulated surface.
to pelt with or as with pebbles.
(modifier) (informal) (of a lens or of spectacles) thick, with a high degree of magnification or distortion
(informal, mainly Austral) a troublesome or obstinate person or animal
to pave, cover, or pelt with pebbles
to impart a grainy surface to (leather)
small, smooth stone, late 13c., from Old English papolstan “pebblestone,” of unknown origin. Perhaps imitative. Some sources compare Latin papula “pustule, pimple, swelling.”
A rock fragment larger than a granule and smaller than a cobble. Pebbles have a diameter between 4 and 64 mm (0.16 and 2.56 inches) and are often rounded.
A polymorphic language.
[“A Kernel Language for Abstract Data Types and Modules”, R.M. Burstall & B. Lampson, in Semantics of Data Types, LNCS 173, Springer 1984].
see: not the only fish in the sea (pebble on the beach)
- Pebble bed reactor
noun a type of nuclear reactor which is graphite-moderated and gas-cooled, with fuel elements in the form of pellets Examples A pebble bed reactor is a type of Very High Temperature reactor. Word Origin 1961
noun 1. an exterior wall finish composed of mortar against which, while still wet, small pebbles have been thrown and pressed in. noun 1. (Brit) a finish for external walls consisting of small stones embedded in plaster
- Pebble garden
noun 1. (NZ) a small ornamental garden mainly composed of an arrangement of pebbles
noun 1. a heat exchanger utilizing refractory pellets to store and give off heat.