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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.


also rav·el·ling  (răv′ə-lĭng)
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
References in classic literature ?
Upon the top of the wall, there were again the marks of badger; and some ravellings of a sack had caught on a briar.
I tore up several of my shirts, and ripped out the seams in the sheets of my bed, during my three years' imprisonment at Fenestrelle; and when I was removed to the Chateau d'If, I managed to bring the ravellings with me, so that I have been able to finish my work here.