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gravel

[grav-uh l] /ˈgræv əl/
noun
1.
small stones and pebbles, or a mixture of these with sand.
2.
Pathology.
  1. multiple small calculi formed in the kidneys.
  2. 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
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French gravele, diminutive of grave sandy shore, perhaps < Celtic; cf. grave4, growan
Related forms
gravelish, adjective
ungraveled, adjective
ungravelled, adjective
well-graveled, adjective
well-gravelled, adjective
Can be confused
gavel, gravel, grovel.
gavel, gravel.
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British Dictionary definitions for well-gravelled

gravel

/ˈɡrævəl/
noun
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
verb (transitive) -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
4.
to cover with gravel
5.
to confound or confuse
6.
(US, informal) to annoy or disturb
Derived Forms
gravelish, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French gravele, diminutive of grave gravel, perhaps of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for well-gravelled
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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well-gravelled in Medicine

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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Slang definitions & phrases for well-gravelled

gravel

Related Terms

hit the dirt


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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