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ravel

[ rav-uhl ]
/ 藞r忙v 蓹l /
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verb (used with object), rav路eled, rav路el路ing or (especially British) rav路elled, rav路el路ling.
verb (used without object), rav路eled, rav路el路ing or (especially British) rav路elled, rav路el路ling.
noun
a tangle or complication.
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Origin of ravel

First recorded in 1575鈥85, ravel is from the Dutch word rafelen

OTHER WORDS FROM ravel

rav路el路er; especially British, rav路el路ler, nounrav路el路ly, adjective

Other definitions for ravel (2 of 2)

Ravel
[ ruh-vel; French ra-vel ]
/ r蓹藞v蓻l; French ra藞v蓻l /

noun
Mau路rice Jo路seph [moh-reeszhaw-zef], /mo蕣藞ris 蕭蓴藞z蓻f/, 1875鈥1937, French composer.
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British Dictionary definitions for ravel (1 of 2)

ravel
/ (藞r忙vl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
to tangle (threads, fibres, etc) or (of threads, fibres, etc) to become entangled
(often foll by out) to tease or draw out (the fibres of a fabric or garment) or (of a garment or fabric) to fray out in loose ends; unravel
(tr usually foll by out) to disentangle or resolveto ravel out a complicated story
to break up (a road surface) in patches or (of a road surface) to begin to break up; fret; scab
archaic to make or become confused or complicated
noun
a tangle or complication

Derived forms of ravel

raveller, nounravelly, adjective

Word Origin for ravel

C16: from Middle Dutch ravelen

British Dictionary definitions for ravel (2 of 2)

Ravel
/ (French rav蓻l) /

noun
Maurice (Joseph) (m蓴ris). 1875鈥1937, French composer, noted for his use of unresolved dissonances and mastery of tone colour. His works include Gaspard de la Nuit (1908) and Le Tombeau de Couperin (1917) for piano, Bol茅ro (1928) for orchestra, and the ballet Daphnis et Chlo茅 (1912)
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