gravel

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
    synonyms: crushed rock
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    ballast
    coarse gravel laid to form a bed for streets and railroads
    bank gravel, pit run, pit-run gravel
    gravel as found in natural deposits
    shingle
    coarse beach gravel of small waterworn stones and pebbles (or a stretch of shore covered with such gravel)
    type of:
    rock, stone
    material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust
  2. verb
    cover with gravel
    “We gravelled the driveway”
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    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  3. verb
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
    chafe
    feel extreme irritation or anger
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    get, get under one's skin
    irritate
    eat into, fester, fret, gnaw, grate, rankle
    gnaw into; make resentful or angry
    peeve
    cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
    ruffle
    trouble or vex
    fret
    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
    haze
    harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
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    displease
    give displeasure to
  4. verb
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    synonyms: 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
    riddle
    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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