Meaning of GRAVEL in English


I. ˈgra-vəl noun

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

Date: 13th century

1. obsolete : sand


a. : 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

II. transitive verb

( -eled or -elled ; -el·ing or grav·el·ling ˈgrav-liŋ, ˈgra-və-)

Date: 1543

1. : to cover or spread with gravel


a. : perplex , confound

b. : irritate , nettle

disappointed…and gravel ed him a good deal — Mark Twain

III. adjective

Date: 1939

: gravelly 2 — used of the human voice

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