Ask Difference

Gravel vs. Macadam — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Gravel and Macadam

ADVERTISEMENT

Definitions

Gravel

Gravel is a loose aggregation of rock fragments. Gravel is classified by particle size range and includes size classes from granule- to boulder-sized fragments.

Macadam

Macadam is a type of road construction, pioneered by Scottish engineer John Loudon McAdam around 1820, in which single-sized crushed stone layers of small angular stones are placed in shallow lifts and compacted thoroughly. A binding layer of stone dust (crushed stone from the original material) may form; it may also, after rolling, be covered with a binder to keep dust and stones together.

Gravel

An unconsolidated mixture of rock fragments or pebbles.

Macadam

Broken stone of even size, bound with tar or bitumen and used in successively compacted layers for surfacing roads and paths.

Gravel

(Medicine) The sandlike granular material of urinary calculi.

Macadam

Pavement made of layers of compacted broken stone, now usually bound with asphalt.
ADVERTISEMENT

Gravel

To apply a surface of rock fragments or pebbles to.

Macadam

(uncountable) The surface of a road consisting of layers of crushed stone (usually tar-coated for modern traffic).

Gravel

To confuse; perplex.

Macadam

Any road or street.

Gravel

(Informal) To irritate.

Macadam

(transitive) To cover or surface with macadam.
ADVERTISEMENT

Gravel

(uncountable) Small fragments of rock, used for laying on the beds of roads and railways, and as ballast.

Macadam

The broken stone used in macadamized roadways.

Gravel

A type or grade of small rocks, differentiated by mineral type, size range, or other characteristics.

Macadam

A paved surface formed of compressed layers of broken rocks held together with tar.

Gravel

A particle from 2 to 64 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale.

Macadam

Paved with macadam{2}.

Gravel

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

Macadam

Broken stone used in macadamized roadways

Gravel

A lameness in the foot of a horse, usually caused by an abscess.

Macadam

A paved surface having compressed layers of broken rocks held together with tar

Gravel

(rare) Inability to see at night; night blindness.

Gravel

Gravel cycling, a discipline in cycling different from road cycling, mountain biking or cyclocross, for a large part on gravel roads, typically with a dedicated gravel bike

Gravel

(transitive) To apply a layer of gravel to the surface of a road, etc.

Gravel

To puzzle or annoy.

Gravel

To run (as a ship) upon the gravel or beach; to run aground; to cause to stick fast in gravel or sand.

Gravel

To check or stop; to confound; to perplex.

Gravel

To hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot.

Gravel

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

Gravel

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

To cover with gravel; as, to gravel a walk.

Gravel

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.
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.

Gravel

To check or stop; to embarrass; to perplex.
When you were graveled for lack of matter.
The physician was so graveled and amazed withal, that he had not a word more to say.

Gravel

To hurt or lame (a horse) by gravel lodged between the shoe and foot.

Gravel

Rock fragments and pebbles

Gravel

Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations;
Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me
It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves

Gravel

Cover with gravel;
We gravelled the driveway

Gravel

Be a mystery or bewildering to;
This beats me!
Got me--I don't know the answer!
A vexing problem
This question really stuck me

Gravel

Unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound;
A gravelly voice

Popular Comparisons

Featured Comparisons

Trending Comparisons

New Phrases