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ravel

verb rav·el \ ˈra-vəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ravel

raveled or ravelled; raveling or ravelling play \ˈrav-liŋ, ˈra-və-\
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

raveler

play \ˈrav-lər, ˈra-və-\ noun

ravelment

play \ˈra-vəl-mənt\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of ravel

Dutch rafelen, from rafel loose thread


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ravel

noun

Definition of ravel

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

First Known Use of ravel

1634


Ravel

biographical name Ra·vel \ rə-ˈvel , ra- \

Definition of Ravel

(Joseph) Mau*rice play \mȯ-ˈrēs\ 1875–1937 French composer

Ravelian

play \rə-ˈve-lyən, ra-, -lē-ən\ adjective

RAVEL Defined for English Language Learners

ravel

verb

Definition of ravel for English Language Learners

  • : to become divided into separate threads


RAVEL Defined for Kids

ravel

verb rav·el \ ˈra-vəl \

Definition of ravel for Students

raveled or ravelled; raveling or ravelling
:unravel 1
  • We raveled the net for fishing.


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