Etymology
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gravel (n.)

"stone in small, irregular fragments," early 13c., from Old French gravele "sand, gravel; sea-shore; sandy bed of a river," diminutive of grave "sand, seashore" (Modern French grève), possibly from Celtic *graw- (compare Welsh gro "coarse gravel," Breton grouan, Cornish grow "gravel"), perhaps ultimately from PIE *ghreu- "to rub, grind" (see grit (n.)). Gravel-crusher was World War I slang for "infantryman."

updated on April 16, 2015

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Definitions of gravel from WordNet
1
gravel (v.)
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations;
Synonyms: annoy / rag / get to / bother / get at / irritate / rile / nark / nettle / vex / chafe / devil
gravel (v.)
cover with gravel;
We gravelled the driveway
gravel (v.)
be a mystery or bewildering to;
2
gravel (n.)
rock fragments and pebbles;
Synonyms: crushed rock
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