gravel

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
grav•el /ˈgrævəl/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -eled, -el•ing or (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling, adj. 
n. [uncountable]
  1. Rockssmall stones and pebbles or a mixture of these with sand.

v. [+ object]
  1. to cover with gravel:Graveled the roadbed.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. gravelly (def. 2).

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
grav•el  (gravəl),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -eled, -el•ing  or (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling, adj. 
n. 
  1. Rockssmall stones and pebbles, or a mixture of these with sand.
  2. Pathology
    • multiple small calculi formed in the kidneys.
    • the disease characterized by such concretions.

v.t. 
  1. to cover with gravel.
  2. to bring to a standstill from perplexity;
    puzzle.
  3. Informal Termsto be a cause of irritation to.
  4. [Obs.]to run (a ship) aground, as on a beach.

adj. 
  1. harsh and grating:a gravel voice.
gravel•ish, adj. 
  • Celtic; compare grave4, growan
  • Old French gravele, diminutive of grave sandy shore, perh.
  • Middle English 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gravel /ˈɡrævəl/ n
  1. an unconsolidated mixture of rock fragments that is coarser than sand
  2. small rough calculi in the kidneys or bladder
vb ( -els, -elling, -elled) ( US -els, -eling, -eled)(transitive)
  1. to cover with gravel
  2. to confound or confuse
  3. US informal to annoy or disturb
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French gravele, diminutive of grave gravel, perhaps of Celtic origin



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