gravel
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French gravele, diminutive of grave, greve river bank, stony ground Date: 13th century 1. obsolete sand 2. 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; -eling or gravelling) Date: 1543 1. to cover or spread with gravel 2. a. perplex, confound b. irritate, nettle <
disappointed…and graveled him a good deal — Mark Twain
>
III. adjective Date: 1939 gravelly 2 — used of the human voice

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Gravel — Grav el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Graveled}or {Gravelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Graveling} or {Gravelling}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk. [1913 Webster] 2. To run (as a ship) upon the gravel or beach; to run aground; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gravel — ist der Familienname von: Camille Gravel (1915–2005), US amerikanischer Politiker Mike Gravel, US amerikanischer Politiker Raymond Gravel, kanadischer Politiker und katholischer Priester Robert de Gravel (1616–1684), französischer Diplomat unter… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gravel — Grav el, n. [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. gr[=a]van stone.] 1. Small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gravel — (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. gravele sand, gravel, dim. of grave sand, seashore (Mod.Fr. grève), possibly from Celtic *gravo (Cf. Welsh gro coarse gravel, Bret. grouan, Cornish grow gravel ), perhaps ultimately from PIE *ghreu to rub, grind …   Etymology dictionary

  • gravel — ► NOUN ▪ a loose mixture of small stones and coarse sand, used for paths and roads. ► VERB (gravelled, gravelling; US graveled, graveling) ▪ cover with gravel. ORIGIN Old French, from grave shore …   English terms dictionary

  • gravel — [grav′əl] n. [ME < OFr gravelle, dim. of grave, coarse sand, seashore < or akin to Gaul * grava, stone < IE base * ghreu , to rub hard, pulverize > GRIT] 1. a loose mixture of pebbles and rock fragments coarser than sand, often mixed… …   English World dictionary

  • Gravel — Toponyme désignant un lieu gravillonneux ou caillouteux, le nom est notamment porté dans l Orne et dans l Oise. Avec le même sens : Graveau, Graveaud (17), Gravelle (59, 25) …   Noms de famille

  • Gravel — For other uses, see Gravel (disambiguation). Gravel (largest fragment in this photo is about 4 cm) …   Wikipedia

  • Gravel —  Pour l’article homophone, voir Gravelle.  Cette page d’homonymie répertorie des personnes (réelles ou fictives) partageant un même patronyme. Gravel est un patronyme fréquent au Québec. La plupart de ceux qui le portent descendent de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • gravel — gravelish, adj. /grav euhl/, n., v., graveled, graveling or (esp. Brit.) gravelled, gravelling, adj. n. 1. small stones and pebbles, or a mixture of these with sand. 2. Pathol. a. multiple small calculi formed in the kidneys. b. the disease… …   Universalium

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