from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unconsolidated mixture of rock fragments or pebbles.
- n. Pathology The sandlike granular material of urinary calculi.
- transitive v. To apply a surface of rock fragments or pebbles to.
- transitive v. To confuse; perplex.
- transitive v. Informal To irritate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Small fragments of rock, used for laying on the beds of roads and railroads, and as ballast.
- n. A type or grade of small rocks, differentiated by mineral type, size range, or other characteristics.
- n. A particle from 2 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
- n. 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.
- v. To apply a layer of gravel to the surface of a road, etc.
- v. To puzzle or annoy
- v. To run (as a ship) upon the gravel or beach; to run aground; to cause to stick fast in gravel or sand.
- v. To check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex.
- v. To hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand.
- n. A deposit of small calculous concretions in the kidneys and the urinary or gall bladder; also, the disease of which they are a symptom.
- transitive v. To cover with gravel.
- transitive v. To run (as a ship) upon the gravel or beach; to run aground; to cause to stick fast in gravel or sand.
- transitive v. To check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex.
- transitive v. To hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Coarse sand; a mass of pebbles or of pebbles and sand mixed; stone in a mass of small irregular fragments.
- n. 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.
- n. 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. In brewing, the appearance of yeast-cells swimming in clear beer in the form of fine gravel.
- To cover with gravel; fill or choke with gravel: as, to gravel a walk; to gravel a fountain.
- To bury.
- To cause to stick in gravel or sand.
- Hence To bring to a standstill through perplexity; embarrass; puzzle; nonplus.
- To hurt the foot of, as a horse, by the lodging of gravel under the shoe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover with gravel
- n. rock fragments and pebbles
- v. be a mystery or bewildering to
- v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
Middle English, from Old French gravele, diminutive of grave, pebbly shore, of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French gravele, diminutive of grave ("gravel", "seashore"). (Wiktionary)