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

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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 For the group’s Eagle projects, two tons of gravel, one ton of sand, loads of mulch, pavers and rocks were all put in place by many volunteers over the past few months. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, 9 June 2021 To make the space attractive, Power had a fetching mural of blue mountains and green trees painted over a brick wall and bought 25 tons of gravel to cover the dirt ground. Washington Post, 25 May 2021 The truck, which was carrying a partial load of gravel, struck the van which then struck a utility pole, authorities said. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, 8 Apr. 2021 On a construction site near Gaya, a town in Bihar, Mumtaz, 12, and his brother Shahnawaz, 10, struggled under heavy loads of gravel. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2020 Marks on the gravel road showed that the truck was eastbound on Sourdough Lane when the driver lost control, troopers said. Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2021 Along the gravel road heading south from Yuma, signs of recent crossings are ubiquitous: water bottles, shirts, beanies, a rattle. Miriam Jordan, Star Tribune, 16 May 2021 Along the gravel road heading south from Yuma, signs of recent crossings are ubiquitous: water bottles, shirts, beanies, a rattle. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, 16 May 2021 Those killdeer eggs, however, completely exposed on the gravel of a shoreline or your driveway, are heavily speckled with dark markings. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Our land was on a gravel road with no utility lines. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 The gravel road and pad — in which AIDEA was an 80 percent owner — were finished in April 2013. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Jan. 2021 Instead, in the second walleye season of the pandemic, American businesses on the Angle remain largely cut off from their American customers because of a geographical quirk, a foreign government and a gravel road through Manitoba. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Among the challenges, the vehicles had to travel 11,520 miles over a gravel road at 30 to 45 mph, drive 960 miles over cobblestones and another 960 miles over potholes. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Hanson lives in a 2½-story house surrounded by farmland off a gravel road in Hayward, about 7 miles east of Albert Lea. Randy Furst, Star Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021 The Baylor scandal began in the wake of the 2003 murder of player Patrick Dennehy, who was found shot and buried in a gravel pit in Waco, Texas. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 The Baylor scandal began in the wake of the 2003 murder of player Patrick Dennehy, who was found shot and buried in a gravel pit in Waco, Texas. Eddie Pells, Chron, 1 Apr. 2021 Rarer yet are veterans like Cornelius Francis Healy, who can recall all those events with details such as the type of German fighter (an Me-109) that strafed a gravel road in France and nearly ended his life. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Mar. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for gravel

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

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Last Updated

13 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Gravel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gravel. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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gravel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gravel

: small pieces of rock

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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