Meaning of GRAVEL in English

I. ˈgravəl noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French gravele, from Old French, diminutive of grave, greve pebbly ground, pebbly shore, perhaps of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Breton grouanenn sand, Welsh gro — more at grit

1. obsolete : sand


a. : loose or unconsolidated material consisting wholly or chiefly of rounded fragments of rock ranging in size from 2 millimeters to a meter or more in diameter — compare conglomerate , sand

b. : a stratum of such material or a surface (as of a walk) covered with such material

3. : a light grayish yellowish brown that is yellower and paler than almond brown and stronger than Cuban sand — called also meerschaum


a. : a deposit of small calculous concretions in the kidneys and urinary bladder

b. : the condition of having such a deposit

II. verb

( graveled or gravelled ; graveled or gravelled ; graveling or gravelling -v(ə)liŋ ; gravels )

transitive verb

1. : to cover or spread with gravel


a. : to put at a loss : perplex , confuse , nonplus

completely graveled by his sister's reasoning

b. : irritate , annoy , embarrass , bother

those recurrent minor frictions that gravel the soul

used to gravel her by saying that no great poet ever had such a loyal friend — Christopher Morley

3. : to lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot

intransitive verb

1. dialect : to dig in gravel

a dog graveling for a bone

2. of a bird : to replenish the crop with gravel

3. of rock : to wear down to gravel

III. adjective

: harsh and usually irritating — used chiefly of the human voice

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