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Meaning of RAVEL

Pronunciation:  'ravul, ru'vel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a run in her stocking"
  2. [n]  French composer and exponent of Impressionsim (1875-1937)
  3. [v]  tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story"
  4. [v]  disentangle; "can you unravel the mystery?"; "unravel the ball or yarn"

RAVEL is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: knot, ladder, Maurice Ravel, ravel out, run, tangle
 Antonyms: unknot, unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle
 See Also: composer, damage, disentangle, enlace, entwine, harm, impairment, interlace, intertwine, lace, straighten out, twine, unsnarl



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rav"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raveled}or {Ravelled}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Raveling} or {Ravelling}.] [. ravelen, D.
    rafelen, akin to LG. rebeln, rebbeln, reffeln.]
    1. To separate or undo the texture of; to take apart; to
       untwist; to unweave or unknit; -- often followed by out;
       as, to ravel a twist; to ravel out a sticking.
       Sleep, that knits up the raveled sleave of care. --Shak.
    2. To undo the intricacies of; to disentangle.
    3. To pull apart, as the threads of a texture, and let them
       fall into a tangled mass; hence, to entangle; to make
       intricate; to involve.
             What glory's due to him that could divide Such
             raveled interests? has he not untied? --Waller.
             The faith of very many men seems a duty so weak and
             indifferent, is so often untwisted by violence, or
             raveled and entangled in weak discourses! --Jer.
  2. \Rav"el\, v. i.
    1. To become untwisted or unwoven; to be disentangled; to be
       relieved of intricacy.
    2. To fall into perplexity and confusion. [Obs.]
             Till, by their own perplexities involved, They ravel
             more, still less resolved.            --Milton.
    3. To make investigation or search, as by picking out the
       threads of a woven pattern. [Obs.]
             The humor of raveling into all these mystical or
             entangled matters.                    --Sir W.