Definitions for gravelˈgræv əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

grav•elˈgræv əl(n.; v.)-eled, -el•ing; -elled, -el•ling

  1. (n.)small stones and pebbles or a mixture of these with sand.

    Category: Petrology

  2. (v.t.)to cover with gravel.

  3. to perplex; puzzle.

  4. to irritate.

  5. Ref: gravelly (def. 2). 2

Origin of gravel:

1250–1300; ME < OF gravele, dim. of grave sandy shore, perh. < Celtic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gravel, crushed rock(verb)

    rock fragments and pebbles

  2. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil(verb)

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

  3. gravel(verb)

    cover with gravel

    "We gravelled the driveway"

  4. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound(verb)

    be a mystery or bewildering to

    "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gravel(noun)ˈgræv əl

    a substance consisting of small stones used in paths, roads, etc.


  1. gravel(Noun)

    Small fragments of rock, used for laying on the beds of roads and railroads, and as ballast.

  2. gravel(Noun)

    A type or grade of small rocks, differentiated by mineral type, size range, or other characteristics.

  3. gravel(Noun)

    A particle from 2 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale

  4. gravel(Verb)

    To apply a layer of gravel to the surface of a road, etc.

  5. gravel(Verb)

    To puzzle or annoy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gravel(noun)

    small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand

  2. Gravel(noun)

    a deposit of small calculous concretions in the kidneys and the urinary or gall bladder; also, the disease of which they are a symptom

  3. Gravel(verb)

    to cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk

  4. Gravel(verb)

    to run (as a ship) upon the gravel or beach; to run aground; to cause to stick fast in gravel or sand

  5. Gravel(verb)

    to check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex

  6. Gravel(verb)

    to hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot


  1. Gravel

    Gravel is composed of unconsolidated rock fragments that have a general particle size range and include size classes from granule- to boulder-sized fragments. Gravel is sub-categorized by the Udden-Wentworth scale into granular gravel and pebble gravel. One cubic yard of gravel typically weighs about 3000 pounds. Gravel is an important commercial product, with a number of applications. Many roadways are surfaced with gravel, especially in rural areas where there is little traffic. Globally, far more roads are surfaced with gravel than with concrete or tarmac; Russia alone has over 400,000 km of gravel roads. Both sand and small gravel are also important for the manufacture of concrete.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gravel' in Nouns Frequency: #2555

Translations for gravel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


very small stones

gravel for the garden path.

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