gravel

[grav-uh l]

noun

small stones and pebbles, or a mixture of these with sand.
Pathology.
  1. multiple small calculi formed in the kidneys.
  2. the disease characterized by such concretions.

verb (used with object), grav·eled, grav·el·ing or (especially British) grav·elled, grav·el·ling.

adjective

harsh and grating: a gravel voice.

Nearby words

  1. grave,
  2. grave clothes,
  3. grave-wax,
  4. graveclothes,
  5. gravedigger,
  6. gravel-blind,
  7. gravel-voiced,
  8. graveldiver,
  9. graveled,
  10. gravelly

Origin of gravel

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French gravele, diminutive of grave sandy shore, perhaps < Celtic; cf. grave4, growan

Related forms
Can be confusedgavel gravel grovel

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British Dictionary definitions for graveling

gravel

noun

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

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)

to cover with gravel
to confound or confuse
US informal to annoy or disturb
Derived Formsgravelish, adjective

Word Origin for gravel

C13: from Old French gravele, diminutive of grave gravel, perhaps of Celtic origin

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Word Origin and History for graveling

gravel

n.

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."

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Medicine definitions for graveling

gravel

[grăvəl]

n.

Sandlike concretions of uric acid, calcium oxalate, and mineral salts formed in the passages of the biliary and urinary tracts.

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