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gravel/sand/chalk pit
▪ It will grow well in plain aquarium coarse sand or fine gravel.
▪ This was to prevent the fine gravel from finding its way through the undergravel plate.
▪ Cultivation: Very indifferent as to its growing medium, it will even grow in fine gravel or unwashed sand.
▪ Coarser gravel would not need it, but fine gravel is easier for plants to grow their roots through.
▪ Jagged irregular vibrations up the line suggest gravel and stones, small regular vibes mean fine gravel or sand.
▪ Cultivation: A medium of coarse sand or fine gravel on its own, or with some loam is sufficient.
▪ They need well-oxygenated water, an absence of pollution and a fine gravel bottom for spawning.
▪ Their boots crunched loudly on the frozen gravel drive.
▪ Tim Skerritt emerged from the trees on to the gravel drive.
▪ They went around the house by the gravel drive to the east.
▪ A gravel drive swept between manicured lawns to the portico of the imposing Edwardian house.
▪ Some of the cops have gone; there are only ten cars and vans on the gravel drive now.
▪ It wasn't long before she heard Douglas's car draw up on the short gravel drive.
▪ Crunching up the gravel drive past a clump of rhododendrons, she heard a scuffle in the undergrowth.
▪ The camera followed the woman along a gravel path.
▪ The giraffes were following gravel paths, were pausing to munch sugar pears from treetops.
▪ We set off again along the gravel paths.
▪ There were royal palms and banyan trees and shell and gravel paths across the shaded lawns.
▪ We drove up a steep gravel path, and soon beheld the well, Tobernalt.
▪ My footsteps made a satisfactory crunch on a gravel path and I was aware at once that the satyr's footsteps had halted.
▪ Through the beating of the rain he thought that he could hear the Eel, feet scrabbling on the gravel path.
▪ A gravel path wanders between them.
▪ Some men pinched all the wages at the gravel pit.
▪ Hand carts and horsedrawn carts wait to carry away building supplies brought from the gravel pits of Middlesex.
▪ Not simply on Tring Reservoirs or the home counties gravel pits do men now sit for a ten pounder anymore.
▪ The money he had stolen from the gravel pits reposed under his bunk in the houseboat.
▪ Wet gravel pits are generally recognised as important habitats for wildlife, particularly in view of the increasing drainage of wetlands.
▪ He crossed the road and went into the gravel pit.
▪ A gravel pit search by divers was put off yesterday as experts continued checking the area.
▪ Around Chichester there is an area of gravel and gravel pits of considerable economic importance.
▪ Follow the road west and continue along the gravel road signposted to Askrigg.
▪ By now we were close to my farm, coasting down off the ridge, the headlights turning the gravel road white.
▪ He allowed the car to move slowly forward, the tyres crunching against the gravel road.
▪ Jim Yellow Earring directed me from the gravel road to a one-lane dirt road.
▪ But Joannides lost time to Yorkshire driver Brian Bell when the route moved on to the gravel roads.
▪ Further along the gravel road we encountered two old men outside a farmhouse built of stone.
▪ He allowed the car to move slowly forward, the tyres crunching against the gravel road.
▪ Steps crunched on the roadside gravel as some one came around to the back.
▪ It crunched round on the gravel in front of the house then sped off through the gates scattering white stones.
▪ If you put the gravel under the cloth and wipe the car you get a great mark.
▪ The other humans said something, and the box was cautiously put down on the gravel a few feet from Masklin.
▪ Don't put gravel in the base of the pool.
▪ U Undergravel filtration uses the gravel as filter medium.
▪ Gentlemen, you could very well be using this gravel strip as an emergency landing field for huge bombers.
a spray of bullets/gravel etc
▪ a gravel driveway
▪ A gravel substrate will also help, using a fine grade to avoid the fry getting stuck.
▪ Allow for an inch or so of small gravel underneath to help drain moisture from under the block.
▪ Every major site needs a constant supply of this slurry of cement, stones, gravel, and water.
▪ His voice sounded like chains being dragged through gravel.
▪ It grows successfully in silty gravel or a rich mixture of clay or peat with sand or gravel.
▪ Leased a gravel lot for $ 15 a month and sold used cars.
▪ The path around the pavilion, which had been mud only weeks before, was now crunchy gravel.
▪ We set off again along the gravel paths.
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.]

  1. Small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand.

  2. (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.]

  1. To cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  1. 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]

  2. cover with gravel; "We gravelled the driveway"

  3. 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]

  4. [also: gravelling, gravelled]

  1. adj. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound; "a gravelly voice" [syn: grating, gravelly, rasping, raspy, rough]

  2. [also: gravelling, gravelled]

  1. n. rock fragments and pebbles [syn: crushed rock]

  2. [also: gravelling, gravelled]


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 (comics)

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 (disambiguation)

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 (Lithuanian band)

Gravel was a Lithuanian rock band. In 2006, the band performed at Lithuanian Eurovision preliminaries and took fourth place.

Gravel (surname)

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.