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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.

ravel

(ˈrævəl)
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
n
a tangle or complication
[C16: from Middle Dutch ravelen]
ˈraveller, ˈraveler n
ˈravelly adj

Ravel

(French ravɛl)
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)

rav•el

(ˈræv əl)

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]
rav′el•ment, n.

Ra•vel

(rəˈvɛl)

n.
Maurice Joseph, 1875–1937, French composer.

Ravel

 a tangle or complication.
Examples: ravel of waters (book title by G. Jenkins); political ravels, 1853.

ravel


Past participle: ravelled
Gerund: ravelling

Imperative
ravel
ravel
Present
I ravel
you ravel
he/she/it ravels
we ravel
you ravel
they ravel
Preterite
I ravelled
you ravelled
he/she/it ravelled
we ravelled
you ravelled
they ravelled
Present Continuous
I am ravelling
you are ravelling
he/she/it is ravelling
we are ravelling
you are ravelling
they are ravelling
Present Perfect
I have ravelled
you have ravelled
he/she/it has ravelled
we have ravelled
you have ravelled
they have ravelled
Past Continuous
I was ravelling
you were ravelling
he/she/it was ravelling
we were ravelling
you were ravelling
they were ravelling
Past Perfect
I had ravelled
you had ravelled
he/she/it had ravelled
we had ravelled
you had ravelled
they had ravelled
Future
I will ravel
you will ravel
he/she/it will ravel
we will ravel
you will ravel
they will ravel
Future Perfect
I will have ravelled
you will have ravelled
he/she/it will have ravelled
we will have ravelled
you will have ravelled
they will have ravelled
Future Continuous
I will be ravelling
you will be ravelling
he/she/it will be ravelling
we will be ravelling
you will be ravelling
they will be ravelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ravelling
you have been ravelling
he/she/it has been ravelling
we have been ravelling
you have been ravelling
they have been ravelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ravelling
you will have been ravelling
he/she/it will have been ravelling
we will have been ravelling
you will have been ravelling
they will have been ravelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ravelling
you had been ravelling
he/she/it had been ravelling
we had been ravelling
you had been ravelling
they had been ravelling
Conditional
I would ravel
you would ravel
he/she/it would ravel
we would ravel
you would ravel
they would ravel
Past Conditional
I would have ravelled
you would have ravelled
he/she/it would have ravelled
we would have ravelled
you would have ravelled
they would have ravelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ravel - French composer and exponent of Impressionism (1875-1937)Ravel - French composer and exponent of Impressionism (1875-1937)
2.ravel - a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a run in her stocking"
damage, impairment, harm - the occurrence of a change for the worse
Verb1.ravel - disentangleravel - disentangle; "can you unravel the mystery?"
unsnarl, disentangle, straighten out - extricate from entanglement; "Can you disentangle the cord?"
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"
ravel, ravel out, unravel - disentangle; "can you unravel the mystery?"

ravel

verb
To make complex, intricate, or perplexing:
Translations

ravel

[ˈrævəl] VTenredar, enmarañar (also fig)

ravel

vt
(= disentangle) = ravel out VT
(old: = entangle) → verwirren
vi (= become tangled)sich verwirren; (= fray)ausfransen
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