- small stones and pebbles, or a mixture of these with sand.
- multiple small calculi formed in the kidneys.
- the disease characterized by such concretions.
- to cover with gravel.
- to bring to a standstill from perplexity; puzzle.
- Informal. to be a cause of irritation to.
- Obsolete. to run (a ship) aground, as on a beach.
- harsh and grating: a gravel voice.
Origin of gravel
Examples from the Web for gravel
They dress in clothing from the flophouse lost-and-found and are groomed with a hacksaw and gravel rake.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
The truck pulls the guitar over railroad tracks, through rocks and gravel, whatever, and the guitar is still speaking.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
November 17, 2014
There, in his cluttered office at the end of a gravel lane, I came face to face with one of my unsung literary heroes.A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
September 17, 2014
The guard is first seen marching up and down the gravel forecourt, before breaking into pirouettes.Hunt To Identify Pirouetting 'Bearskin' Guardsman Who Shamed Army
September 3, 2014
It is simply a gravel yard walled off by sand bastions and concrete barriers.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
The plaint of the gravel travelled slowly all round the drive.The Secret Agent
An' so the gravel laid there, an' we walked round it, watchers an' all.Meadow Grass
What the gardener called the gravel path was black earth, moss-grown.The Incomplete Amorist
(on the gravel), but he was immediately recovered, none the worse.The Uncommercial Traveller
He drew his short sword from its sheath, and scratched a deep mark in the gravel.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- an unconsolidated mixture of rock fragments that is coarser than sand
- geology a mixture of rock fragments with diameters in the range 4–76 mm
- pathol small rough calculi in the kidneys or bladder
- to cover with gravel
- to confound or confuse
- US informal to annoy or disturb
Word Origin and History for gravel
early 13c., from Old French gravele "sand, gravel," diminutive of grave "sand, seashore" (Modern French grève), possibly from Celtic *gravo- (cf. Welsh gro "coarse gravel," Breton grouan, Cornish grow "gravel"), perhaps ultimately from PIE *ghreu- "to rub, grind."
- Sandlike concretions of uric acid, calcium oxalate, and mineral salts formed in the passages of the biliary and urinary tracts.