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1gravel

noun grav·el \ˈgra-vəl\

: small pieces of rock

Full Definition of GRAVEL

1
obsolete :  sand
2
a :  loose rounded fragments of rock
b :  a stratum or deposit of gravel; also :  a surface covered with gravel <a gravel road>
3
:  small calculi in the kidneys and urinary bladder

Origin of GRAVEL

Middle English, from Anglo-French gravele, diminutive of grave, greve river bank, stony ground
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with GRAVEL

2gravel

verb
graveled or gravelledgravel·ing or gravel·ling \ˈgrav-liŋ, ˈgra-və-\

Definition of GRAVEL

transitive verb
1
:  to cover or spread with gravel
2
a :  perplex, confound
b :  irritate, nettle <disappointed … and graveled him a good deal — Mark Twain>

Examples of GRAVEL

  1. <managed to gravel his opponent in the debate by focusing on atypical examples>

First Known Use of GRAVEL

1543

Rhymes with GRAVEL

3gravel

adjective

Definition of GRAVEL

:  gravelly 2 —used of the human voice

Examples of GRAVEL

  1. <after his bout with laryngitis, he had a terribly gravel voice>

First Known Use of GRAVEL

1939

gravel

noun grav·el \ˈgrav-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GRAVEL

1
:  a deposit of small calculous concretions in the kidneys and urinary bladder—compare microlith
2
:  the condition that results from the presence of deposits of gravel
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