gravel

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noun

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

gravel

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verb

graveled or gravelled; graveling or gravelling ˈgra-v(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gravel (audio)

transitive verb

1
: to cover or spread with gravel
2
b
: irritate, nettle
disappointed … and graveled him a good dealMark Twain

gravel

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adjective

: 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
The department included a photo of the smiling Reece standing beside Spider-Man on a gravel road cut through a field. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 23 May 2024 These facilities cover a large swath of operations — from sand and gravel operations, to wastewater facilities and treatment plants, to asphalt or cement plants, to kerosene and diesel refineries, to coal mines and certain oil and gas operations, and petrochemical plants, to name a few. Michael Jackson, Baltimore Sun, 7 Mar. 2024
Verb
Several days a week, Yazzie or one of her two adult children makes the hour-long drive along bumpy dirt and gravel roads to reach a tribal community center that allows residents to pump water for a fee. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2024 This low-lift maintenance is exactly what drew Egbert to gravel gardening. Caitlin Huson, Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2024
Adjective
My gravel bike is a Trek Checkpoint ALR 5, which weighs about 25 lb, so the extra 7 pounds on the Turbo Creo 2 Comp didn't seem like a big deal. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 18 Dec. 2023 At the scene in Bowdoin, yellow crime scene tape hung around a home with a long, gravel driveway in a wooded area. Patrick Whittle and David Sharp, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for gravel 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Gravel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gravel. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

gravel

1 of 3 noun
grav·​el ˈgrav-əl How to pronounce gravel (audio)
: small pieces of rock and pebbles larger than grains of sand

gravel

2 of 3 adjective

gravel

3 of 3 verb
graveled or gravelled; graveling or gravelling
ˈgrav-(ə-)liŋ
: to cover or spread with gravel

Medical Definition

gravel

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