gravel

[grav-uhl]
noun
1.
small stones and pebbles, or a mixture of these with sand.
2.
Pathology.
a.
multiple small calculi formed in the kidneys.
b.
the disease characterized by such concretions.
verb (used with object), graveled, graveling or (especially British) gravelled, gravelling.
3.
to cover with gravel.
4.
to bring to a standstill from perplexity; puzzle.
5.
Informal. to be a cause of irritation to.
6.
Obsolete. to run (a ship) aground, as on a beach.
adjective
7.
harsh and grating: a gravel voice.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French gravele, diminutive of grave sandy shore, perhaps < Celtic; cf. grave4, growan

gravelish, adjective
ungraveled, adjective
ungravelled, adjective
well-graveled, adjective
well-gravelled, adjective

1. gavel, gravel, grovel ; 2. gavel, gravel.
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gravel (ˈɡrævəl)
 
n
1.  an unconsolidated mixture of rock fragments that is coarser than sand
2.  geology a mixture of rock fragments with diameters in the range 4--76 mm
3.  pathol small rough calculi in the kidneys or bladder
 
vb , -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
4.  to cover with gravel
5.  to confound or confuse
6.  informal (US) to annoy or disturb
 
[C13: from Old French gravele, diminutive of grave gravel, perhaps of Celtic origin]
 
'gravelish
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

gravel
c.1300, from O.Fr. gravele, dim. of grave "sand, seashore," from Celt. *gravo- (cf. Welsh gro "coarse gravel," Bret. grouan, Cornish grow "gravel").
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Medical Dictionary

gravel grav·el (grāv'əl)
n.
Sandlike concretions of uric acid, calcium oxalate, and mineral salts formed in the passages of the biliary and urinary tracts.

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Example sentences
Follow the same procedure with pebbles or gravel and with clay.
Mix gravel with rocks of varying sizes to add interest in large areas.
If you've ever driven along a gravel or dirt road in the summer, you're
  undoubtedly familiar with the washboards that develop.
In a fire-wise garden, use gravel or decomposed granite-not flammable bark
  mulch-to cover the bare ground around plants.
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