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 gravelling (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

This is topped off by a 10cm-thick layer of sand and gravel deposited in ripples, indicating a flow of water with a consistent direction. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what happened in the impact crater the day it did in the dinos," 15 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter After water, sand and gravel are the most used natural materials in the world. The Economist, "The sound of sand reveals its source," 14 Sep. 2019 Trust us: Climbing up 450 feet of hot sand and gravel definitely is not. Lucinda Hahn, New York Times, "Sahara-Level Sand Dunes, Mediterranean-Blue Water: Welcome to Michigan," 4 Sep. 2019 But its biggest long-term threat is habitat fragmentation caused by sand-and-gravel operations, highway construction and new homes. Los Angeles Times, "This rat is foiling developers’ plans to capitalize on a weaker Endangered Species Act," 22 Aug. 2019 The Thompson Planning and Zoning Commission voted seven to two to approve a special permit for Strategic Commercial Realty d/b/a Rawson Materials to mine sand and gravel from 363 Quaddick Town Farm Road, on July 22. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Thompson Approves Another Gravel Mining Operation," 29 July 2019 The value of commodities carried by train can vary widely, from more than $500,000 per carload for new automobiles to only $600 per carload for construction materials such as sand or gravel. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar is weak link in San Diego’s coastal railroad," 28 July 2019 Recent sampling along the coast revealed pockets of oil buried four to eight inches under sand and gravel, often topped by stones. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Exxon Valdez changed the oil industry forever—but new threats emerge," 22 Mar. 2019 On that same gravel and dirt, the officer slammed on his car’s brakes, causing the cruiser to slide into a chain link fence. cleveland.com, "Sex, jealousy lead to fight over man: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pursuit path included U.S. 20, gravel logging roads and the quiet residential area where Brown was eventually arrested. oregonlive.com, "Newport man arrested after lengthy high-speed chase, deputies say," 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, "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 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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