What does gravel mean?

Definitions for gravel
ˈgræv əlgrav·el

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word gravel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gravel, crushed rockverb

    rock fragments and pebbles

  2. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devilverb

    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. gravelverb

    cover with gravel

    "We gravelled the driveway"

  4. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfoundverb

    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"


  1. gravelnoun

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

  2. gravelnoun

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

  3. gravelnoun

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

  4. gravelverb

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

  5. gravelverb

    To puzzle or annoy

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GRAVELnoun

    Etymology: gravier, French; graveel, Dutch; gravel, Armorick.

    Gravel consists of flints of all the usual sizes and colours, of the several sorts of pebbles; sometimes with a few pyritæ, and other mineral bodies, confusedly intermixed, and common sand. John Woodward, Met. Foss.

    His armour, all gilt, was so well handled, that it shewed like a glittering sand and gravel, interlaced with silver rivers. Philip Sidney.

    By intelligence,
    And proofs as clear as founts in July, when
    We see each grain of gravel. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Providence permitted not the strength of the earth to spend itself in base gravel and pebbles, instead of quarries of stones. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    So deep, and yet so clear, we might behold
    The gravel bottom, and that bottom gold. Dryden.

    The upper garden at Kensington was at first nothing but a gravel pit. Spectator, №. 477.

    Gravel walks are best for fruit-trees. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    If the stone is brittle it will often crumble, and pass in the form of gravel: if the stone is too big to pass, the best method is to come to a sort of a composition or truce with it. Arbuthn.

  2. To Gravelverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Moss groweth upon alleys, especially such as lie cold, and upon the North, as in divers terrasses; and again, if they be much trodden, or if they were at the first gravelled. Francis Bacon.

    William the Conqueror, when he invaded this island, chanced at his arrival to be gravelled; and one of his feet stuck so fast in the sand, that he fell to the ground. William Camden.

    I would kiss before I spoke. —— Nay, you were better speak first, and when you were gravell’d for lack of matter you might take occasion to kiss. William Shakespeare.

    The disease itself will gravel him to judge of it; nor can there be any prediction made of it, it is so sharp. James Howell.

    What work do our imaginations make with eternity and immensity? And how are we gravelled by their cutting dilemma’s? Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 13.

    Mat, who was here a little gravell’d,
    Tost up his nose, and would have cavill’d. Matthew Prior.


  1. Gravel

    Gravel is a loose aggregation of rock fragments. Gravel occurs naturally throughout the world as a result of sedimentary and erosive geologic processes; it is also produced in large quantities commercially as crushed stone. Gravel is classified by particle size range and includes size classes from granule- to boulder-sized fragments. In the Udden-Wentworth scale gravel is categorized into granular gravel (2–4 mm or 0.079–0.157 in) and pebble gravel (4–64 mm or 0.2–2.5 in). ISO 14688 grades gravels as fine, medium, and coarse, with ranges 2–6.3 mm to 20–63 mm. One cubic metre of gravel typically weighs about 1,800 kg (or a cubic yard weighs about 3,000 lb). Gravel is an important commercial product, with a number of applications. Almost half of all gravel production is used as aggregate for concrete. Much of the rest is used for road construction, either in the road base or as the road surface (with or without asphalt or other binders.) Naturally occurring porous gravel deposits have a high hydraulic conductivity, making them important aquifers.


  1. gravel

    Gravel is a type of loose aggregate material typically composed of unconsolidated rock fragments varying in size from granular to boulder. This geological material is often used in construction for things like road surfacing and concrete production, among other uses. The rock fragments are typically produced from weathering and erosion of larger rocks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gravelnoun

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

  2. Gravelnoun

    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. Gravelverb

    to cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk

  4. Gravelverb

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

  5. Gravelverb

    to check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex

  6. Gravelverb

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

  7. Etymology: [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. grvan stone.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gravel

    grav′el, n. small stones often intermixed with sand: small collections of gravelly matter in the kidneys or bladder.—v.t. to cover with gravel: to puzzle, perplex:—pr.p. grav′elling; pa.p. grav′elled.adj. Grav′elly.—ns. Grav′el-pit, a pit from which gravel is dug; Grav′el-walk, a footpath covered with gravel. [O. Fr. gravele (Fr. gravier); prob. Celt., as in Bret. grouan, sand, W. gro, pebbles.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gravel is ranked #13583 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gravel surname appeared 2,232 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Gravel.

    95.3% or 2,129 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 43 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 18 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gravel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gravel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of gravel in a Sentence

  1. Aung Htet Myat:

    I carry baskets with stones the whole day, if there is no gravel boat to unload, I help bus drivers as an assistant.

  2. Masaaki Kimura:

    I walked along the rail track looking for her, on the rail track, there were sleepers and gravel, so it was difficult for me.

  3. Bruce Thomson:

    These organisms are adapted to live in fast-moving streams with sand and gravel bottoms, and now we’re covering most of that sand and gravel with light, fluffy sludge, it’ll plug up the pours and the organisms will be smothered. They need the sand and gravel to provide nutrients and oxygen.

  4. Ana Carrasco:

    It was my first time in a strange track, so I went much faster than what was possible in one corner and I went out into the gravel, it was not a big crash, for sure, it was maybe a stupid crash, but I had bad luck and I was injured a lot in this stupid crash.

  5. Vincent Doumeizel:

    We would need hectares and hectares [ of seaweed ] to produce a few gallons of oil, to me, producing seaweed for biofuel is like using gold for gravel.

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