from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pit from which gravel is dug.


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  • Once used for industrial gravel-pit operations, the marshlands and swamps were created in the 1960s in a remote corner of Northern Virginia.

    Dam failure drains Fairfax County lake, kills wildlife

  • Especially the dead-end bit to the north that's actually a precipice into a gravel-pit. * rolls eyes*


  • Far in the shadows semi-opaque screens of blue haze made mysteries of the commonest gravel-pit, dingle, or recess.

    Two on a Tower

  • The minute Davis turned sour on his Los Angeles Coliseum deal, he had no problem negotiating with nearby Irwindale — a gravel-pit community of 1,100 residents — and walking away with $10 million the town couldn't afford to lose. - Root for Raiders, but don't pull for Davis

  • I either follow some one, or ride at it with the full conviction that I may be going into a horse-pond or a gravel-pit.

    An Autobiography

  • Pheasants in the tall trees of the Pangbourne woods, larks on their grassy nests above the gravel-pit at Wansdon, swallows in the eaves at

    To Let

  • He gazed at his mother while she played, but he saw Fleur — Fleur in the moonlit orchard, Fleur in the sunlit gravel-pit, Fleur in that fancy dress, swaying, whispering, stooping, kissing his forehead.

    To Let

  • About thirty years ago there was much talk that geologists ought only to observe and not to theorise; and I well remember someone saying that at this rate a man might as well go into a gravel-pit and count the pebbles and describe the colours.

    Darwin and His Doppelgänger

  • Packed-dirt sidewalks and gravel-pit debris made your eyes sting.

    My Dark Places

  • It is true that in some localities, as, for instance, in the gravel-pit of Mount Auburn, near

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864


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