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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRAVEL

The plaint of the gravel travelled slowly all round the drive.

An' so the gravel laid there, an' we walked round it, watchers an' all.

What the gardener called the gravel path was black earth, moss-grown.

(on the gravel), but he was immediately recovered, none the worse.

He drew his short sword from its sheath, and scratched a deep mark in the gravel.

As he did so he heard someone approaching along the gravel path.

The ground is stony, and scarce any thing but gravel, mixt with a little earth.

As the hoofs of our horses sounded on the gravel, Sapt rushed out to meet us.

The gravel may be compacted by rolling or may be allowed to pack from the action of traffic.

They are used as dust layers on earth, gravel and macadam surfaces.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French gravele "sand, gravel," diminutive of grave "sand, seashore" (Modern French grève), possibly from Celtic *gravo- (cf. Welsh gro "coarse gravel," Breton grouan, Cornish grow "gravel"), perhaps ultimately from PIE *ghreu- "to rub, grind."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GRAVEL

earth

nounground, soil
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