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Webster 1913 Edition


Gravel

Grav′el

,
Noun.
[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.
grāvan
stone.]
1.
Small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand.
2.
(Med.)
A deposit of small calculous concretions in the kidneys and the urinary or gall bladder; also, the disease of which they are a symptom.
Gravel powder
,
a coarse gunpowder; pebble powder.

Grav′el

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Graveled
or
Gravelled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Graveling
or
Gravelling
.]
1.
To cover with gravel;
as, to gravel a walk
.
2.
To run (as a ship) upon the gravel or beach; to run aground; to cause to stick fast in gravel or sand.
When we were fallen into a place between two seas, they
graveled
the ship.
Acts xxvii. 41 (Rhemish version).
Willam the Conqueror . . . chanced as his arrival to be
graveled
; and one of his feet stuck so fast in the sand that he fell to the ground.
Camden.
3.
To check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex.
[Colloq.]
When you were
graveled
for lack of matter.
Shakespeare
The physician was so
graveled
and amazed withal, that he had not a word more to say.
Sir T. North.
4.
To hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot.

Webster 1828 Edition


Gravel

GRAV'EL

,
Noun.
1.
Small stones or fragments of stone, or very small pebbles, larger than the particles of sand, but often intermixed with them.
2.
In medicine, small calculous concretions in the kidneys and bladder.

GRAV'EL

,
Verb.
T.
To cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk.
1.
To stick in the sand.
2.
To puzzle; to stop; to embarrass.
3.
To hurt the foot of a horse, by gravel lodged under the shoe.

Definition 2021


gravel

gravel

English

A gravel road

Noun

gravel (usually uncountable, plural gravels)

  1. (uncountable) Small fragments of rock, used for laying on the beds of roads and railroads, and as ballast.
  2. A type or grade of small rocks, differentiated by mineral type, size range, or other characteristics.
  3. (uncountable, geology) A particle from 2 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
  4. (uncountable, archaic) Kidney stones; a deposit of small calculous concretions in the kidneys and the urinary or gall bladder; also, the disease of which they are a symptom.

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Verb

gravel (third-person singular simple present gravels, present participle gravelling or graveling, simple past and past participle gravelled or graveled)

  1. (transitive) To apply a layer of gravel to the surface of a road, etc.
    • 1905, John F. Hume, The Abolitionists:
      We kept quietly on our way until we reached a place in the road that had been freshly graveled, and where the surface was covered with stones just suited to our use.
  2. To puzzle or annoy
    • 1922, Herbert Quick, Vandemark's Folly:
      It graveled me like sixty to pay such a price, but I had to do it because the season was just between hay and grass.
  3. To run (as a ship) upon the gravel or beach; to run aground; to cause to stick fast in gravel or sand.
    • Bible, Acts xxvii. 41 (Rhemish version)
      When we were fallen into a place between two seas, they gravelled the ship.
    • 1605, William Camden, “Grave Speeches and wittie Apothegms of worthy Personages of this Realm in former times,” in Remaines Concerning Britain, London: Simon Miller, sixth impression, 1657, p. 243,
      William Conqerour when he invaded this Iland, chanced at his arrival to be gravelled, and one of his feet stuck so fast in the sand, that he fell to the ground.
  4. To check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex.
    • 1579, Sir Thomas North, tr., Plutarch's Lives, The Life of Marcus Antonius:
      The physician was so gravelled and amazed withal, that he had not a word more to say.
    • 1598, Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act IV:
      When you were gravelled for lack of matter.
    • 1830, Joseph Plumb Martin, A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier, Ch. VIII:
      [] I arrived at a spot where I was completely gravelled, and could go no farther one way or the other; []
  5. To hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot.

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Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: gra‧vel

Etymology

Borrowing from English gravel.

Noun

gravel m, n (uncountable)

  1. clay court (surface for playing tennis)