- 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 graveling
Historical Examples of graveling
The State Highway Commission has set aside funds for graveling this section preparatory to surfacing.Third Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission
S. Benson, W. L. Thompson, R. A. Booth, Herbert Nunn
Article 24, proposing the graveling of a sidewalk, was referred to the selectmen.
- 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 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.