verb (used with object), rav·eled, rav·el·ing or (especially British) rav·elled, rav·el·ling.
verb (used without object), rav·eled, rav·el·ing or (especially British) rav·elled, rav·el·ling.
Origin of ravel
Examples from the Web for ravel
I associate Ravel with your music from the beginning of your career.
It was obvious to me that Bill Evans was influenced by Ravel, too.
So I started off with two influences: Ravel, directly, and also Bill Evans.
At most, the piece underlines a common notion of Ravel as predicting later, more strenuously modern music.
What you hear could be Ravel reworking his own thoughts on music, if he'd lived into the 1960s.
Of one blood we are, and love can ravel up our little difference and make us grow one indeed.Cleopatra|H. Rider Haggard
The several straps, after describing a certain number of turns, ravel out at the ends and hang loose.The Life of the Spider|J. Henri Fabre
O the complexities of the ravel produced by time struggling with eternity!Anima Poet|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
If the thread breaks, ravel out a few stitches and let the old end of thread lie under the hem.Clothing and Health|Helen Kinne
They ravel little, and can be steamed almost to their original freshness when they become worn.The Story of Silk|Sara Ware Bassett
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for ravel
1580s, "to untangle, disentangle, unwind" (originally with out), also "to entangle, become tangled or confused," from Dutch ravelen "to tangle, fray," rafelen "to unweave," from rafel "frayed thread." The seemingly contradictory senses of this word (ravel and unravel are both synonyms and antonyms) are reconciled by its roots in weaving and sewing: as threads become unwoven, they get tangled.
1630s, "a tangle;" 1832, "a broken thread," from ravel (v.).