gravel

noun
grav·​el | \ˈgra-vəl \

Definition of gravel 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 obsolete : sand

2a : 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

gravel

verb
graveled or gravelled; graveling or gravelling\ ˈgrav-​liŋ , ˈgra-​və-​ \

Definition of gravel (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or spread with gravel

2a : perplex, confound

b : irritate, nettle disappointed … and graveled him a good deal— Mark Twain

gravel

adjective

Definition of gravel (Entry 3 of 3)

: gravelly sense 2 used of the human voice

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Examples of gravel in a Sentence

Verb

managed to gravel his opponent in the debate by focusing on atypical examples

Adjective

after his bout with laryngitis, he had a terribly gravel voice

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The pavilions are clustered around a court accessed from a gravel road, and the residence’s outer edge features huge glass windows to ensure gorgeous views from literally every room. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Minimalist home with jaw-dropping Rocky Mountain views asks $16.9M," 26 July 2018 On one side of it is North Korea (the side with tan sand on the ground) and the other is South Korea (with the grey gravel). Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, "Checkpoints, land mines, dress codes and soldiers: What it's like to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (photos)," 10 Jan. 2018 The gravel holds water to sustain plants during dry weather. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some Milwaukee residents to get free state-of-the-art garden boxes to help prevent combined sewer overflows," 12 June 2018 The gravel is better than the paving, though the trip down the Maclaren Summit into the valley requires some careful navigating around soft spots. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s still springtime on the Denali Highway," 10 June 2018 Lay the Groundwork Brooke sprinkled the Hanley Gold gravel with diatomaceous earth, a natural powder that keeps the coop dry and pest-free. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "This Couple Built the Chicken Coop of Our Dreams and It's So Charming," 9 Mar. 2018 Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park What: Drive along a gravel road to spot bears, wolves and other wildlife. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 Weekenders out on group rides are opting for gravel roads where riding two or three abreast isn’t suicide. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 The ceremony was held in a grove of trees between the railroad tracks and a narrow gravel road on land now owned by a country club. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Sacred ground, now reclaimed: A Charlottesville story," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Reaching the stadium from the baseball offices is a circuitous route that takes you in one door and then out of another in State’s indoor football facility, down a steep, unleveled sidewalk and through a dusty, graveled-covered work site. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "How Mississippi State Baseball Turned a Season That Began in Humiliation Into a Trip to Omaha," 15 June 2018 This practice begs the question: would gravel make sense in some of the areas off the path of the driveway? Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what to do with all that sand and gravel left behind now that the snow has melted," 3 May 2018 For developers, Davis says, the upfront cost of the seeds and planting is offset in the long term by lower maintenance costs—no turf to mow or gravel erosion to manage. National Geographic, "Beekeepers Sweeten Solar Sites With the 'Tesla of Honey'," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of gravel

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gravel

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French gravele, diminutive of grave, greve river bank, stony ground

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The first known use of gravel was in the 13th century

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gravel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gravel

: small pieces of rock

gravel

noun
grav·​el | \ˈgra-vəl \

Kids Definition of gravel

: small pieces of rock and pebbles larger than grains of sand

gravel

noun
grav·​el | \ˈgrav-əl \

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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