Crossword clues for gravel
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Gravel \Grav"el\, n. [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. gr[=a]van stone.]
Small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand.
(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.
Gravel \Grav"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Graveledor Gravelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Graveling or Gravelling.]
To cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk.
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.
To check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex. [Colloq.]
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.
--Sir T. North.
To hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 13c., from Old French gravele "sand, gravel," diminutive of grave "sand, seashore" (Modern French grève), possibly from Celtic *gravo- (compare Welsh gro "coarse gravel," Breton grouan, Cornish grow "gravel"), perhaps ultimately from PIE *ghreu- "to rub, grind."
n. 1 (context uncountable English) 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 (context uncountable geology English) A particle from 2 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale 4 (context uncountable archaic English) 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. vb. (context transitive English) To apply a layer of gravel to the surface of a road, etc.
v. 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" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, vex, chafe, devil]
cover with gravel; "We gravelled the driveway"
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" [syn: perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, amaze, dumbfound]
Gravel is composed of unconsolidated rock fragments that have a general particle size range and include size classes from granule- to boulder-sized fragments. Gravel is categorized by the Udden-Wentworth scale into granular gravel and pebble gravel . One cubic metre of gravel typically weighs about 1,800 kg (or a cubic yard weighs about 3,000 pounds).
Gravel is an important commercial product, with a number of applications. Many roadways are surfaced with gravel, especially in rural areas where there is little traffic. Globally, far more roads are surfaced with gravel than with concrete or tarmac; Russia alone has over of gravel roads. Both sand and small gravel are also important for the manufacture of concrete.
Gravel is the name given to a series of limited and ongoing series by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Mike Wolfer and published by Avatar Press.
A number of different limited series have been published under the Strange Killings banner, all of which centred on British 'combat magician' William Gravel. Most recently these series were republished under the Gravel name, followed by the launch of a new series, Gravel.
Gravel is a type of rock.
Gravel or Gravell may also refer to:
- Gravel (surname)
- Gravel pit, a mine for gravel
- Gravel bar, an accumulation of gravel-size sediment in a river
- River gravel, a subtype of gravel stone
- Aquarium gravel, the common name for an aquarium's substrate
- Gravel road, a type of road
- Gravel disease, the archaic name of kidney stones
- Gravel mines, a type of weapon
Gravel was a Lithuanian rock band. In 2006, the band performed at Lithuanian Eurovision preliminaries and took fourth place.
Gravel or Gravell is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Camille Gravel, 20th-century American political figure from Louisiana
- John Gravel (born 1941), ice hockey player
- Karl Mander Gravell, Canadian airman posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1941
- Mike Gravel, former Senator from Alaska and 2008 presidential candidate
- Ray Gravell, former Welsh rugby player
- Raymond Gravel, Canadian political figure
- Robert Gravel, 20th-century Canadian actor and theatre figure
Usage examples of "gravel".
Thirty miles of grinding, growling, gravel road later, they reached Abney, a once-booming mining town that had long since withered and now had trouble remembering why it was there.
He removed it from a layer of black sand and gravel that also contained stone implements of the Acheulean type.
Both the men were working her husband, Hub, down at the airfreight depot in Waycross, and son Dave hauling sand and gravel over near Bickley.
A chill, arid wind blew from the mountains of the Jabal Alawite across the lava rock and gravel desert of Badiyat Ash-sham.
When they were all in their places the captain stepped from the shade of the doorway and crossed the gravel apron and climbed into the cab and they went on.
That said, he neatly swerved around Andi, roaring on around to a pile of pallets, his wheels spitting gravel at each turn of his wheel.
Russ began filming the initial scene, where the actor comes up the gravel walk leading to the Apgar farmhouse.
These were Archaean rocks of the pre-Cambrian Shield which covered almost half Australia, outcropping in the Yilgarn Block, an area in the south-west that was about the size of Britain, and also in the smaller Pilbara Block, and continuing right through to the Centre, where the Shield was overlaid by sand and gravel.
As Banks drove up the short gravel drive and pulled up, he noticed that there were lights showing in two of the downstairs windows, while the rest of the place was in darkness.
Belgian, as an elderly red-faced lady, with fuzzy sandy hair, wearing a dingy, many-flounced lilac barege gown, came towards them along the gravel path.
Its beautiful gray finish had been streaked, below the beltline, with dark brown mud thrown up by the wheels as it had come up the gravel road from the highway.
Osgood drove slowly past the Bermudan policeman at the gates, then swung the Land-Rover in a half-circle across the white gravel of the dockyard.
The car slid to a stop, spraying dirt and gravel, the door flew open, and Biggy lunged out and took off after me.
The worshippers come down the steps blinking and damp, moving slowly and with the extreme caution which a new and vaster environment always exacts, heading across lawns or toward the parking lots where their cars seem to be swimming in the bluesteel incandescence of the gravel.
It was a piece of wasteland on the edge of a gully with a brickyard on one side of it and a gravel pit on the other.