Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
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.
perplexed, puzzled; baffled; troubled. v
(en-past of: gravel)
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]
Usage examples of "gravelled".
It was a little to the left of the path ahead of us, and a gravelled walk ran up to it.
The soot-weeping building beyond the gravelled paving and the elongated statues wasn't the most graceful of the great guildhalls, but it was certainly one of the biggest.
We were led into the gravelled yard where the sea-voices washed through the blue dusk from the main wing, and an anonymous green box-carriage stood, lamps hissing and dray steaming.
Since no help had shown up, I took the car around the house to a gravelled plaza in the rear, screened by shrubbery, left it there, and made for the nearest entrance, which was the west terrace.
Thirty paces off was a clump of trees, and just the other side of it was the gravelled plaza where my car was parked.
Behind the fort, at the end farthest from the river, we came upon gravelled walks hidden by the rank growth, where the soldiers of his most Christian Majesty once paraded.
We leaped ashore, gained the gravelled walk on the levee, and looked about us.
I looked again upon the familiar rows of trees which shaded the gravelled promenades where Nick had first seen Antoinette.
It was hopeless to look for traces of feet upon the gravelled pathway, which followed a straight course through beds of growing vegetables to a small orchard.
After the meal was over, Dick took the girl into the rose garden at the back of the house, and for a long time Mrs Lansdown watched them pacing up and down the gravelled walk, deep in earnest conversation.