ravelling


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rav·el

 (răv′əl)
v. rav·eled, rav·el·ing, rav·els also rav·elled or rav·el·ling
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
1. To become separated into its component threads; unravel or fray.
2. To become tangled or confused.
n.
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.

rav·el·ing

also rav·el·ling  (răv′ə-lĭng)
n.
A thread or fiber that has become separated from a woven material.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ravelling - a bit of fiber that has become separated from woven fabricravelling - a bit of fiber that has become separated from woven fabric
fiber, fibre - a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
lint - fine ravellings of cotton or linen fibers