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 raveledunwind, loosen, disentangle, free, untangle, unravel, untwist, unweave, untwine, unsnarl, unbraid
Examples from the Web for raveled
Historical Examples of raveled
We cannot count on raveled threads of age Whereof to weave a fabric.Custer, and Other Poems.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Life has too little selvage; it is too often raw and raveled.The Face of the Fields
Dallas Lore Sharp
His work, like Penelope's web, is raveled out about as fast as it is woven.The Old World in the New
Edward Alsworth Ross
Jeannette found two bits of raveled rope, hanging from a nail.The Cinder Pond
Carroll Watson Rankin
I stood awaiting them in a raveled, mud-smeared suit of pajamas which at their best had never been ostentatious.The Portal of Dreams
Charles Neville Buck
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.).