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Grav"el (?), n. [OF. gravele, akin to F. gr?ve a sandy shore, strand; of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. grouan gravel, W. gro coarse gravel, pebbles, and Skr. gr&amac;van stone.]


Small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand.

2. Med.

A deposit of small calculous concretions in the kidneys and the urinary or gall bladder; also, the disease of which they are a symptom.

Gravel powder, a coarse gunpowder; pebble powder.


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Grav"el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Graveled (?) or 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. Camden.


To check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex.


When you were graveled for lack of matter. Shak.

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.


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