- 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