Gravel is very small, irregular pieces of rock and stone. Your gravel driveway might crunch under your boots as you walk to the mailbox.

Roads, paths, walkways, and yards are all sometimes paved with gravel, which is a relatively inexpensive material to use for marking areas and preventing the growth of weeds and other plants. Gravel is more rough and rocky than sand, and smaller than stones. The word gravel comes from the French word gravele, “gravel or sand,” which in turn comes from grave, “seashore or sand.” The ultimate Proto-Indo-European root may be ghreu, “to rub or grind.”

Definitions of gravel
  1. noun

    rock fragments and pebbles

    crushed rock
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    coarse gravel laid to form a bed for streets and railroads
    bank gravel, pit run, pit-run gravel

    gravel as found in natural deposits

    coarse beach gravel of small waterworn stones and pebbles (or a stretch of shore covered with such gravel)
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    rock, stone

    material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth’s crust

  2. verb

    cover with gravel

    gravelled the driveway”
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    provide with a covering or cause to be covered

  3. verb

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

    annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex


    feel extreme irritation or anger
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    get, get under one’s skin

    eat into, fester, fret, gnaw, grate, rankle

    gnaw into; make resentful or angry

    cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful

    trouble or vex

    cause annoyance in
    beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke

    annoy continually or chronically
    antagonise, antagonize

    provoke the hostility of
    goad, needle

    goad or provoke, as by constant criticism
    bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment

    treat cruelly

    harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
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    give displeasure to

  4. verb

    be a mystery or bewildering to

    amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
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    mix up, stump

    cause to be perplexed or confounded

    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape

    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    defy, refuse, resist

    elude, especially in a baffling way
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    bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw

    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

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