gravel

noun
grav·​el | \ ˈgra-vəl How to pronounce gravel (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gravel (audio) , ˈgra-​və-​ \

Definition of gravel (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or spread with gravel
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

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 Yet over the course of five days in late March, 158 truck loads of gravel were removed from the Pet Hollow wash and spread around Forest Road 146, according to the emails. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 His father needed a well driller to drill through seven feet of gravel and then 380 feet of solid granite – yes, that is 380 feet! Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Ramos finally drove off, kicking a spray of gravel in the air. Jake Bleiberg, BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2022 Ramos finally drove off, kicking a spray of gravel in the air. Hartford Courant, 30 May 2022 Ramos finally drove off, kicking a spray of gravel in the air. Jake Bleiberg And Elliot Spagat, Chron, 30 May 2022 Rachel Olzer, co-founder of Pedal 2 the People, a community of cyclists of color, credited much of gravel’s popularity to its accessibility. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Cooper Island is a crescent of gravel in the Beaufort Sea, 25 miles east of Utqiaġvik, the northernmost settlement in the United States. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Apr. 2022 The trail to the crater is relatively flat and composed mostly of gravel with a few larger volcanic rocks. Abigail Bassett, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Although early races were composed primarily of amateur riders, more accomplished cyclists have recently moved from the mountains or the roads to gravel. New York Times, 7 June 2022 The four wheels are buttery smooth rolling over all sorts of surfaces, from city streets to gravel. Kaelyn Lynch, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Road conditions range from extremely rough and unmaintained asphalt to gravel to rugged-as-it-comes dirt. Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2022 Veteran pro Mark Menendez casts red Strike King Series 3 crankbaits and Red Eyed Shad to gravel-to-chunk rock transitions. Hal Schramm, Field & Stream, 26 Feb. 2020 The pursuit path included U.S. 20, gravel logging roads and the quiet residential area where Brown was eventually arrested. oregonlive.com, 27 June 2019 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, 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, 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, 24 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Federal, state and county authorities responded to a radio call Monday from a U.S. Bureau of Land Management employee who reported a man was walking along a gravel road and setting fires in a forest about 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 This unassuming spot, at the end of a gravel road in a bucolic wetland near Mason City, is set within an open grassy field near Eagle Lake and is popular with other boondockers. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 28 July 2022 Federal, state and county authorities responded to a radio call Monday from a U.S. Bureau of Land Management employee who reported a man was walking along a gravel road and setting fires, in the forest some 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass. Andrew Selsky, Anchorage Daily News, 27 July 2022 Federal, state and county authorities responded to a radio call Monday from a U.S. Bureau of Land Management employee who reported a man was walking along a gravel road and setting fires, in the forest some 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass. CBS News, 27 July 2022 That morning, his father and paternal grandmother, who were raising him together in a modest house at the end of a gravel road, were gunned down during a mass shooting across this remote north-central California community. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2022 Amtrak's Southwest Chief was carrying about 207 passengers and crew members when the collision happened near Mendon at a rural intersection on a gravel road with no lights or electronic controls, according to the highway patrol. Summer Ballentine, Chron, 28 June 2022 Wildflowers dot the grass, and the Front Range juts up over the rise to the west of this long, gravel driveway, winding through a pasture toward a metal outbuilding. Parker Gabriel, USA TODAY, 9 July 2022 Her property is a long gravel driveway from the main road. Madison Smalstig, The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2022 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Gravel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gravel. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for gravel

gravel

noun
grav·​el | \ ˈgra-vəl How to pronounce gravel (audio) \

Kids Definition of gravel

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

gravel

noun
grav·​el | \ ˈgrav-əl How to pronounce gravel (audio) \

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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