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
Related Words for ravelunwind, loosen, disentangle, free, untangle, unravel, untwist, unweave, untwine, unsnarl, unbraid
Examples from the Web for ravel
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of ravel
A man has no right to ravel out his life, even though the threads are of gold.The Great Hunger
Not a soul there who had ever heard of William Blake or Ravel!Anthony Trent, Master Criminal
O the complexities of the ravel produced by time struggling with eternity!Anima Poet
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The marking thread should be through every stitch so that they cannot ravel.Needlework Economies
Woyds and you get sort of tangled up and I haven't got time to ravel you out.Mollie and the Unwiseman Abroad
John Kendrick Bangs
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.).