A gravel road.
- The definition of gravel is a mix of rock pieces or small rocks.
An example of gravel is what is used to cover a country driveway.
- To gravel means to irritate or confuse.
An example of gravel is to answer interview questions with vague responses.
- Gravel is defined as to cover a walkway or driveway with a mixture of small rocks and pebbles.
Covering a dusty driveway with small pebbles to keep the dust down is an example of gravel.
- a loose mixture of pebbles and rock fragments coarser than sand, often mixed with clay, etc.
- Med. a deposit of small concretions that form in the kidneys or gallbladder and that may be retained, passed on to the urinary bladder, or passed from the body
Origin of gravelMiddle English from Old French gravelle, diminutive of grave, coarse sand, seashore from or akin to Gaulish an unverified form grava, stone from Indo-European base an unverified form ghreu-, to rub hard, pulverize from source grit
transitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
- to cover (a walk, driveway, etc.) with gravel
- to embarrass or perplex
- Informal to irritate or annoy
- An unconsolidated mixture of rock fragments or pebbles.
- Medicine The sandlike granular material of urinary calculi.
transitive verbgrav·eled, grav·el·ing, grav·els, or grav·elled grav·el·ling
- To apply a surface of rock fragments or pebbles to.
- To confuse; perplex.
- Informal To irritate.
Origin of gravelMiddle English from Old French gravele diminutive of grave pebbly shore of Celtic origin
(usually uncountable, plural gravels)
- (uncountable) Small fragments of rock, used for laying on the beds of roads and railroads, and as ballast.
- A type or grade of small rocks, differentiated by mineral type, size range, or other characteristics.
- (uncountable, geology) A particle from 2 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
- (uncountable, archaic) Kidney stones; a deposit of small calculous concretions in the kidneys and the urinary or gall bladder; also, the disease of which they are a symptom.
(third-person singular simple present gravels, present participle gravelling, simple past and past participle gravelled)
From Middle English, from Old French gravele, diminutive of grave (“gravel", "seashore”).