Meaning of GRAVEL in English

GRAVEL

n. & v.

--n.

1. a a mixture of coarse sand and small water-worn or pounded stones, used for paths and roads and as an aggregate. b Geol. a stratum of this.

2 Med. aggregations of crystals formed in the urinary tract.

--v.tr. (gravelled, gravelling; US graveled, graveling)

1. lay or strew with gravel.

2 perplex, puzzle, nonplus (from an obs. sense 'run (a ship) aground').

Phrases and idioms:

gravel-blind literary almost completely blind ('more than sand-blind', in Shakesp. Merchant of Venice II. ii. 33).

Etymology: ME f. OF gravel(e) dimin. of grave (as GRAVE(4))

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.