Origin of raveling
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 ravelingunwind, loosen, disentangle, free, untangle, unravel, untwist, unweave, untwine, unsnarl, unbraid
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Historical Examples of raveling
My temper's fairly long-suffering, but 'twas raveling some by this time.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
These are the two who walked that afternoon towards Raveling.Parkhurst Boys
Talbot Baines Reed
We are going to bind the edge to prevent it from raveling and to make it strong.
We have learned that our dish towels had to be hemmed because of the raveling of material.
By raveling off about four inches from each leg he got enough cotton thread to patch the other two wicks with.Where the Pavement Ends
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.).