Definition of Gravel

1. Noun. Rock fragments and pebbles.

Exact synonyms: Crushed Rock
Generic synonyms: Rock, Stone
Specialized synonyms: Ballast, Bank Gravel, Pit Run, Pit-run Gravel, Shingle
Derivative terms: Gravelly

2. Verb. Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations. "The performance is likely to gravel Sue"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

3. Verb. Cover with gravel. "We gravelled the driveway"
Generic synonyms: Cover

4. Verb. Be a mystery or bewildering to. "The good news will gravel her"; "This question really stuck me"

Definition of Gravel

1. n. Small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand.

2. v. t. To cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk.

Definition of Gravel

1. Noun. Small fragments of rock, used for laying on the beds of roads and railroads, and as ballast. ¹

2. Noun. A type or grade of small rocks, differentiated by mineral type, size range, or other characteristics. ¹

3. Noun. (geology) A particle from 2 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To apply a layer of gravel to the surface of a road, etc. ¹

5. Verb. To puzzle or annoy ¹

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Definition of Gravel

1. to pave with gravel (a mixture of rock fragments) [v -ELED, -ELING, -ELS or -ELLED, -ELLING, -ELS]

Medical Definition of Gravel

1. 1. To cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk. 2. To run (as a ship) upon the gravel or beach; to run aground; to cause to stick fast in gravel or sand. "When we were fallen into a place between two seas, they graveled the ship." (Acts xxvii. 41 (Rhemish version)) "Willam the Conqueror . . . Chanced as his arrival to be graveled; and one of his feet stuck so fast in the sand that he fell to the ground." (Camden) 3. To check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex. "When you were graveled for lack of matter." (Shak) "The physician was so graveled and amazed withal, that he had not a word more to say." (Sir T. North) 4. To hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot. Origin: Graveled or Gravelled; Graveling or Gravelling. 1. Small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand. 2. A deposit of small calculous concretions in the kidneys and the urinary or gall bladder; also, the disease of which they are a symptom. Gravel powder, a coarse gunpowder; pebble powder. Origin: OF. Gravele, akin to F. Gr?ve a sandy shore, strand; of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. Grouan gravel, W. Gro coarse gravel, pebbles, and Skr. Gravan stone. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gravel

grave accent
grave accents
grave marker
grave markers
grave mound
grave robber
grave robbing
grave wax
gravel (current term)
gravel pit

Literary usage of Gravel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"The abuse of gravel concrete in small country highway work is astonishing. One local contractor, who was building a small bridge, insisted that a proportion ..."

2. Bulletin (1906)
"A good gravel road such as is common in the eastern part of the state is shown in ... Cost of gravel and Macadam. The cost of these roads depends upon the ..."

3. Bulletin by Kentucky Geological Survey (1907)
"gravel Fluorspar.—In the belt of weathering numerous deposits of gravel fluorspar ... In rare instances the gravel deposits contain numerous fragments of ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1914)
"such eand and gravel without the permission of the Secretary of War. ... Authority from the Secretary of War to dredge out sand and gravel in the bed of the ..."

5. Geological Magazine by Henry Woodward (1898)
"Mr. Earle says that is underlaid by gravel. A short distance above this ... [The general section of the hill is thus stated:—] Mixed yellow clay and gravel. ..."

6. Proceedings of the ... Annual Convention by Mid-West Cement Users' Association, Indiana Electric Light Association, National Bar Association, Western Canadian Immigration Association, Association of Jewish Libraries (1917)
"We now see a modern factory for handling, sizing and washing the gravel that ... It is useless to buy high-grade cement and mix it with gravel having even ..."

7. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1893)
"a great many acres of the gravel to a depth of twenty or twenty- five feet. Any one can see that in such conditions there has been no chance for " creep ..."

8. A Manual of the Principles and Practice of Road-making: Comprising the by William Mitchell Gillespie (1872)
"gravel ROADS.* The roundness of the pebbles, which form the chief part of gravel, whether from rivers or pits, prevents them from perfectly consolidating, ..."

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