- to become disjoined thread by thread or fiber by fiber; fray.
- to become tangled.
- to become confused or perplexed.
- (of a road surface) to lose aggregate.
- a tangle or complication.
Origin of ravel
- Mau·rice Jo·seph [moh-rees zhaw-zef] /moʊˈris ʒɔˈzɛf/, 1875–1937, French composer.
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
- 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
- a tangle or complication
Word Origin for ravel
- Maurice (Joseph) (mɔris). 1875–1937, 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, Boléro (1928) for orchestra, and the ballet Daphnis et Chloé (1912)
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.).