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
Examples from the Web for ravelled
When I pulled it out and wound it round the distaff, it looked like ravelled silk, it was so smooth and fine.Helen and Arthur|Caroline Lee Hentz
Stars began to struggle through and confuse their rays with the ravelled edges of the clouds.
She was cloaked by a skein of ravelled fluff beneath us and we caught the chant before she rose into the sunlight.With The Night Mail|Rudyard Kipling
When it was ravelled out a little, the printed warp could be seen.Clothing and Health|Helen Kinne
By his side nestled a tiny dog, with satin ears and paws fringed as with ravelled silk.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903|Lucy Maud Montgomery
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.).