• WordNet 3.6
    • v gravel 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"
    • v gravel cover with gravel "We gravelled the driveway"
    • v gravel 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"
    • n gravel rock fragments and pebbles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gravel (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 Small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand.
    • Gravel To check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex. "When you were graveled for lack of matter.""The physician was so graveled and amazed withal, that he had not a word more to say."
    • Gravel To cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk.
    • Gravel To hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot.
    • Gravel 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.""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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gravel Coarse sand; a mass of pebbles or of pebbles and sand mixed; stone in a mass of small irregular fragments.
    • n gravel Specifically, in geology, the rolled and water-worn material formed from fragments of rock under the combined influence of atmospheric agencies and currents of water. Most gravel consists in large part of pebbles of quartz and crystalline rock, mixed with sand in which quartz greatly predominates, because quartz forms a large part of the most widely distributed rocks of the earth's crust, and is not subject to any chemical change, not decomposing like feldspar and mica, but being only broken up into smaller and smaller fragments; so that there may be in the same bed components of the gravel of every size, from that of the boulder several feet in diameter down to the grain of sand not so large as a pin's head.
    • n gravel In pathology, small concretions or calculi resembling sand or gravel which form in the kidneys, pass along the ureters to the bladder, and are expelled with the urine; the disease or morbid state characterized by such concretions.
    • n gravel In brewing, the appearance of yeast-cells swimming in clear beer in the form of fine gravel.
    • gravel To cover with gravel; fill or choke with gravel: as, to gravel a walk; to gravel a fountain.
    • gravel To bury.
    • gravel To cause to stick in gravel or sand.
    • gravel Hence To bring to a standstill through perplexity; embarrass; puzzle; nonplus.
    • gravel To hurt the foot of, as a horse, by the lodging of gravel under the shoe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gravel grav′el small stones often intermixed with sand: small collections of gravelly matter in the kidneys or bladder
    • v.t Gravel to cover with gravel: to puzzle, perplex:—pr.p. grav′elling; pa.p. grav′elled
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  • Honore De Balzac
    “In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Politics is the gizzard of society, full of gut and gravel.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

There was a noise of horse hoofs on the gravel outside.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
The explosion brought gravel about their ears and made a curious smell of almonds.
"One Man's Initiation--1917" by John Dos Passos
The second substance needed in concrete is broken stone or gravel.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
Then another form stepped on the hard gravel, and carefully assisted my mother.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
They were found years ago deep down in some gravel.
"The Tree-Dwellers" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
It was adorned with trees and shrubbery, and intersected here and there with smooth gravel walks.
"Rollo in Scotland" by Jacob Abbott
It was a wide and very pleasant walk, and was well gravelled.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott
She saw the light from his windows lengthening on the gravel path outside.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Composed of coarse gravel.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
His pale face whitened at that moment, and his infirm foot trailed heavily on the gravel.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine

In poetry:

The old house by the lindens
Stood silent in the shade,
And on the gravelled pathway
The light and shadow played.
"By The Fireside : The Open Window" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Patiently, as one grinds gravel
Patiently, as one awaits death,
Patiently, as news ripens,
Patiently, as one savors revenge -
""Patiently, as one grinds gravel"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Magnolia! "Pale city of the dead,"
Adown thy gravelled walks I tread,
Thy marble pillars looming high,
Thy polished shafts around me lie.
"Magnolia" by Mary Weston Fordham
Fresh sward for gravel soothed my tread,
And shepherd's pipes my ear delighted;
The riddle may be lightly read:
I met two lovers newly plighted.
"Arcadia Rediviva" by James Russell Lowell
Palm branch of Palestine, oh tell me,
In that far distant home-land fair,
Wast rooted in the mountain gravel
Or sprung from some vale garden rare?
"The Palm Branch Of Palestine" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Once more the gold—ribbed gravel trills
With quavering trebles clear and cool,
Blent with the deeper note that fills
The plunging weir and swirling pool.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin

In news:

For some Olympians the road to London is lined with dirt and gravel.
Plans to Remove Gravel Cleared by Fish and Game.
Gravel pit public comment deadline extended .
Fisherman finds dead woman by gravel road.
Gravel pit public comment deadline extended.
Car slams into gravel truck.
Danielle Gravel came through for the Keuka College women's basketball team Monday.
Riverboat gets stuck on gravel bar.
The Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat got stuck on a gravel bar about 7 pm Sunday in Harrisburg, officials said.
Gravel truck driver spills tons of rocks on I-25.
I-25 gravel spill hurts one, damages cars.
Lewis County trail coordinator accused of using county-funded gravel .
Neither mud nor gravel nor snow will stop LR2.
Gus Edwards is the new CEO of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, succeeding Joy Pinniger, who retired on Nov 2.
Carbondale-area gravel pit expansion wins nod.

In science:

Gravel, Appraising diversity with an ordinal notion of similarity: An axiomatic approach, Math.
A new axiomatic approach to diversity