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gravel (ˈɡrævəl Pronunciation for gravel



  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. (pathology) small rough calculi in the kidneys or bladder


-els, -elling, -elled, (US) -els, -eling, -eled (transitive)
  1. to cover with gravel
  2. to confound or confuse
  3. (US, informal) to annoy or disturb

Derived Forms

ˈgravelish adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French gravele, diminutive of grave gravel, perhaps of Celtic origin

Translations for 'gravel'

  • British English: gravelPronunciation for gravel Gravel consists of very small stones....a gravel path.ˈɡrævl NOUN
  • Arabic: حَصىًPronunciation for حَصىً
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cascalhoPronunciation for cascalho
  • Chinese: 砂砾Pronunciation for 砂砾
  • Croatian: šljunakPronunciation for šljunak
  • Czech: štěrkPronunciation for štěrk
  • Danish: grusPronunciation for grus
  • Dutch: grindPronunciation for grind
  • European Spanish: gravillaPronunciation for gravilla
  • Finnish: soraPronunciation for sora
  • French: gravierPronunciation for gravier
  • German: KiesPronunciation for Kies
  • Greek: χαλίκιPronunciation for χαλίκι
  • Italian: ghiaiaPronunciation for ghiaia
  • Japanese: 砂利Pronunciation for 砂利
  • Korean: 자갈Pronunciation for 자갈
  • Norwegian: grusPronunciation for grus
  • Polish: żwirPronunciation for żwir
  • Portuguese: cascalhoPronunciation for cascalho
  • Romanian: pietriș pietrișuri
  • Russian: гравийPronunciation for гравий
  • Spanish: gravillaPronunciation for gravilla
  • Swedish: grusPronunciation for grus
  • Thai: ก้อนกรวดPronunciation for ก้อนกรวด
  • Turkish: çakılPronunciation for çakıl
  • Ukrainian: гравій
  • Vietnamese: sỏiPronunciation for sỏi

Example Sentences Including 'gravel'

We came to a pile of gravel in front of a wooden shed which was padlocked.
Robert Wilson A DARKENING STAIN (2002)
My left foot slid sideways on the slippery gravel on the riverbed.
Tapply, William G Follow the Sharks
He stared out at the small square which consisted of grass and four small flowerbeds surrounded by a gravel path.
Ashford, Jeffrey A Question of Principle


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