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


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



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 Our race has a true mix of terrain, with stages for sprinters, an extremely long stage, a course with gravel, and mountaintop finishes. Henrietta Christie, Outside Online, 22 July 2022 Horizontal wood slats offer a modern look, and dark stain cohesively blends with the gravel. Grace Gallagher, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 July 2022 Builders scraped away spongy peat and replaced it with gravel to throw up buildings and parking lots. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2022 Photojournalist Lynsey Addario, who had been huddled behind a cement wall, was sprayed with gravel in the blast, wondering at first if she’d been hit by shrapnel. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 Mulch with small gravel to help hold the moisture in and keep critters out. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2022 Hamilton’s front wheel touched Verstappen’s rear wheel the second time the drivers made contact, and the Red Bull careened off course, through the gravel and into the tire barrier., 18 July 2021 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 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., 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,, 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 When Taiwan faced a sand and gravel shortage in 2019, government ministers scrambled to bolster domestic supply to avoid delays in the estimated 30,000 construction projects that break ground on the island each year. Nicolas Rivero, Quartz, 4 Aug. 2022 The gravel roads that link oil facilities are built with ramps to accommodate residents hunting with snowmobiles. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2022 There are also miles of gravel roads that’ll get you away from the crowds. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 2 June 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 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 See More

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First Known Use of gravel


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gravel


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

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12 Aug 2022

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“Gravel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for gravel


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

Kids Definition of gravel

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


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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