Definition of gravelly in English:



  • 1Resembling, containing, or consisting of gravel.

    ‘a dry gravelly soil’
    • ‘In Washington, they favor degraded or otherwise gravelly soils.’
    • ‘Non-cohesive soils include silty, sandy, and gravelly soils in which there is no cohesion except that derived from any minor amount of clay matrix or from water tension between particles.’
    • ‘It's a mixture of soils from the site, some more gravelly, some more clay-like.’
    • ‘Texture of the fine-earth fraction is silt loam or loam with gravelly or very gravelly modifiers.’
    • ‘Most of his soils are a gravelly sandy loam known as Aura, well drained and with 15% clay.’
    • ‘The bed has limited sun and our soil is light and gravelly.’
    • ‘A low cliff on one bank, with an otter's holt at its foot, betrayed by a crab graveyard, on our side a gravelly shore undercutting the peat moor.’
    • ‘If the pond is located in sandy or gravelly soils or near fractured bedrock, seal the pond with an approved plastic liner or at least 6 inches of compact clay.’
    • ‘This cactus typically grows in gravelly clay or loam soils, partially shaded by other plants or rocks.’
    • ‘The 4 km of beachfront in the park varies from rocky, gravelly, to sandy.’
    • ‘They require a sandy or gravelly substrate for nesting near a wet or muddy area where they can forage.’
    • ‘The soil is light and gravelly, and chiefly under tillage: agriculture is improving, and there is a considerable quantity of bog and limestone.’
    • ‘The region's distinctive gravelly soils lend themselves to some of New Zealand's top reds, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and - the new star, Syrah.’
    • ‘The Avilla series consists of very deep, well drained, moderately permeable soils that formed in gravelly and loamy alluvium.’
    • ‘A rowboat was beached on the gravelly shore and abandoned there.’
    • ‘During our dry season visits, sandy and gravelly beaches lined most of the river, although water levels rose above the beaches during heavy rains.’
    • ‘Much of this carpet of herbs is on shallow gravelly and stony soils, too poor for buffel, or under mulga trees.’
    • ‘While organic matter or topsoil could be used alone, a sandy or gravelly soil is improved more if you add both organic matter and topsoil than if you add either material alone.’
    • ‘Fairly well drained, rocky or gravelly soil is the Laurel's natural preference.’
    • ‘It was difficult to find: the road shown was not a road but a track, unused, winding behind a cottage with the requisite dog watching curiously as we drove up a gravelly slope.’
    shingly, pebbly, gritty, containing gravel
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  • 2(of a voice) deep and rough-sounding.

    • ‘It's not her fault that she looks like a man, or has a gravelly voice, or isn't particularly poised or charming.’
    • ‘His gravelly voice was even rougher than usual, harsh and grating, but the child didn't seem to notice.’
    • ‘‘Rap is our way of resisting the occupation, it's our weapon,’ he explains timidly in a manner that seems incongruent with his gravelly voice and the harsh lyrics that blast out from the stereo speakers behind him.’
    • ‘But the music was everything I imagined it would be, all bombast woodwind and deep gravelly voices.’
    • ‘But her gravelly voice suddenly leapt with glee when Allen brought out an old, blue hard-sided suitcase.’
    • ‘I always wait to read them until Jon gets home, and then I usually read it aloud in a deep, low, gravelly voice with a twinge of a Southern accent, since he's in Texas.’
    • ‘His gravelly voice boomed out into the night, through the little, tiny windows, beckoning those outside closer.’
    • ‘We will miss his deep, gravelly voice that told of his Suffolk origin as soon as he spoke to you.’
    • ‘What came out was in a rough, gravelly voice, but she could make out the words quite clearly.’
    • ‘‘You're up early,’ he said, in his deep, gravelly voice.’
    • ‘‘I was told you were the best,’ he hissed angrily, in a deep gravelly voice that sent a chill into Ark's bones.’
    • ‘He had this really gravelly voice, very intense, and he was completely wild looking too.’
    • ‘Stanley was very tall and though a very sweet man, he had a deep, gravelly voice that often got him jobs on cartoon shows as dastardly villains.’
    • ‘‘A pity that it will be like this for only a short while longer,’ a deep, gravelly voice said.’
    • ‘The voice was deep and gravelly as if the person had a sore throat and was hoarse.’
    • ‘‘I'm not getting any younger,’ he says in his deep, gravelly voice.’
    • ‘One is famous for his big glasses and his flamboyant dress sense, whilst the other is known for his tight fitting trousers and his gravelly voice.’
    • ‘The words, or maybe it's the gravelly voice, act as a cathartic, and the woman begins to cry.’
    • ‘He has a rather manic look about him - scrunched up face and a very low gravelly voice - and when I was first introduced to him I'll admit to being pretty wary.’
    • ‘‘Before we say goodbye to another year,’ Patrick said in his deep, gravelly voice, ‘I'm going to say a few words.’’
    husky, gruff, throaty, deep, croaking, raspy, rasping, grating, harsh, low, rough, rough-sounding, thick, guttural
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