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gravel

noun grav·el \ ˈgra-vəl \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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

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Origin and Etymology of gravel

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


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gravel

verb

Definition of gravel

graveled or gravelled; graveling or gravelling play \ˈgrav-liŋ, ˈgra-və-\
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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of gravel

1543


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gravel

adjective

Definition of gravel

: gravelly 2 used of the human voice

Examples of gravel in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of gravel

1939


GRAVEL Defined for English Language Learners

gravel

noun

Definition of gravel for English Language Learners

  • : small pieces of rock


GRAVEL Defined for Kids

gravel

noun grav·el \ ˈgra-vəl \

Definition of gravel for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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