- The definition of a ravel is a cluster, tangle or knot.
A balled up, tangled knot of Christmas decorations is an example of a ravel.
- Ravel is to tangle, or to complicate something like a question or situation.
- When you tangle a handful of cable cords, this is an example of when you ravel.
- When someone asks you a question and you give a wandering and confusing answer that only complicates matters, this is an example of when you ravel.
- Now Rare to make complicated or tangled: parts of his argument were all raveled up
- to separate the parts, esp. threads, of; untwist; unweave; unravel
- to make clear; disentangle
Origin: MDu ravelen (Du rafelen), akin to Low German rabbeln, Danish dialect, dialectal vrøvle: for Indo-European base see rhapsody
- to become separated into its parts, esp. threads; become unwoven; fray (out)
- Archaic to become complicated or tangled
- a raveled part in a fabric; raveling
- a tangled mass or complication
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verb rav·eled also rav·elled, rav·el·ing also rav·el·ling, rav·els also rav·els verb, transitive
- To separate the fibers or threads of (cloth, for example); unravel.
- To clarify by separating the aspects of.
- To tangle or complicate.
- To become separated into its component threads; unravel or fray.
- To become tangled or confused.
- A raveling.
- A broken or discarded thread.
- A tangle.
Origin: Obsolete Dutch ravelen, from ravel, loose thread.
- ravˈel·er, ravˈel·ler noun
, (Joseph) Maurice 1875-1937.