American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, full of, or covered with rock fragments or pebbles: a gravelly beach.
- adj. Having a harsh rasping sound: a gravelly voice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Abounding with gravel; consisting of gravel: as, a gravelly soil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Abounding with gravel; consisting of gravel.
- adj. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
- adj. abounding in small stones
- gravel + -y (Wiktionary)
“Like most of Scott's other highlight-accompanying phrases that may or may not refer to home runs - "I'm not a player, I just crush a lot," "And the Lord said you got to ... rise up" (in gravelly voice) - the call has no contextual meaning whatsoever.”
“Rocks are the original basis of all soils, and according to the degree of fineness to which they have been reduced, through centuries of decomposition by air, moisture and frost, they are known as gravelly, sandy or clayey soils.”
“The first river which is a branch of this one runs over a gravelly bottom & the soil on its banks is for a short distance gravelly, which is the only place we have seen gravel since we started.”
“The coast up to this point presented the same general appearance as yesterday, namely a gravelly or sandy beach skirted by green plains, but as we proceeded the shore became exceedingly rocky and sterile and at last, projecting considerably to the northward, it formed a high and steep promontory.”
“The soil at To Kalon is described as gravelly with some clay.”
“I don't remember seeing him give his official TV farewell, but I strongly recall his gravelly voice, his pursed lips and his shuffling gait.”
“Trials on poor sites, such as gravelly soil over a lateritic hardpan, indicate the growth reached is only half of that but is still better than several provenances of Eucalyptus camaldulensis, E. tereticornis, end E. brassiana.”
“And parts of it gravelly which is the first soil of the kind we have seen since we started.”
“The soil in wine regions is different than the dirt that most of us have in our backyards; in the vineyards the soil is usually defined by terms such as gravelly, volcanic, clay or chalky.”
“Leatherface's music has been described as a cross between Hüsker Dü and Motörhead, a notable element being Stubbs 'rasping, "gravelly" vocals.”
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