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v. rav·eled, rav·el·ing, rav·els also rav·elled or rav·el·ling
1. To separate the fibers or threads of (cloth, for example); unravel.
2. To clarify by separating the aspects of.
3. To tangle or complicate.
1. To become separated into its component threads; unravel or fray.
2. To become tangled or confused.
1. A raveling.
2. A broken or discarded thread.
3. A tangle.
[Obsolete Dutch ravelen, from ravel, loose thread.]
rav′el·er, rav′el·ler n.
vb, -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
1. to tangle (threads, fibres, etc) or (of threads, fibres, etc) to become entangled
2. (often foll by out) to tease or draw out (the fibres of a fabric or garment) or (of a garment or fabric) to fray out in loose ends; unravel
3. (usually foll by: out) to disentangle or resolve: to ravel out a complicated story.
4. to break up (a road surface) in patches or (of a road surface) to begin to break up; fret; scab
5. archaic to make or become confused or complicated
a tangle or complication
[C16: from Middle Dutch ravelen]
ˈraveller, ˈraveler n
(Biography) Maurice (Joseph) (mɔris). 1875–1937, French composer, noted for his use of unresolved dissonances and mastery of tone colour. His works include Gaspard de la Nuit (1908) and Le Tombeau de Couperin (1917) for piano, Boléro (1928) for orchestra, and the ballet Daphnis et Chloé (1912)
v. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling, v.t.
1. to disentangle the threads or fibers of; unravel.
2. to make clear; unravel.
3. to entangle; enmesh; confuse.v.i.
4. to become unwound; fray.
5. Obs. to become tangled or confused.n.
6. a tangle or complication.
[1575–85; < Dutch rafelen]
Maurice Joseph, 1875–1937, French composer.
Ravela tangle or complication.
Examples: ravel of waters (book title by G. Jenkins); political ravels, 1853.
Past participle: ravelled
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|Noun||1.||Ravel - French composer and exponent of Impressionism (1875-1937)|
|2.||ravel - a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a run in her stocking"|
|Verb||1.||ravel - disentangle; "can you unravel the mystery?"|
|2.||ravel - tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story"|
interlace, intertwine, lace, twine, enlace, entwine - spin,wind, or twist together; "intertwine the ribbons"; "Twine the threads into a rope"; "intertwined hearts"
unknot, unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle - become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of; "unravel the thread"