ravel


1rav·el

verb \ˈra-vəl\

: to become divided into separate threads

rav·eled or rav·elledrav·el·ing or rav·el·ling\ˈrav-liŋ, ˈra-və-\

Full Definition of RAVEL

transitive verb
1
a :  to separate or undo the texture of :  unravel
b :  to undo the intricacies of :  disentangle
intransitive verb
1
obsolete :  to become entangled or confused
2
:  to become unwoven, untwisted, or unwound :  fray
3
rav·el·er \ˈrav-lər, ˈra-və-\ noun
rav·el·ment \ˈra-vəl-mənt\ noun

Origin of RAVEL

Dutch rafelen, from rafel loose thread
First Known Use: 1582

Rhymes with RAVEL

2ravel

noun

Definition of RAVEL

:  an act or result of raveling: as
a :  something tangled
b :  something raveled out; specifically :  a loose thread

First Known Use of RAVEL

1634

Ra·vel

biographical name \rə-ˈvel, ra-\

Definition of RAVEL

(Joseph) Mau*rice \m-ˈrēs\ 1875–1937 Fr. composer
Ra·vel·ian \rə-ˈve-lyən, ra-, -lē-ən\ adjective

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: ravelin
Previous Word in the Dictionary: ravehook
All Words Near: ravel

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up ravel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).