ravel

[ rav-uh l ]
/ ˈræv əl /
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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.

noun

a tangle or complication.

Nearby words

  1. ravana,
  2. ravc,
  3. rave,
  4. rave hook,
  5. rave-up,
  6. ravel, maurice,
  7. ravelin,
  8. raveling,
  9. ravelly,
  10. ravelment

Origin of ravel

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

Related formsrav·el·er; especially British, rav·el·ler, nounrav·el·ly, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ravelled

ravel

/ (ˈrævəl) /

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 Formsraveller, nounravelly, adjective

Word Origin for ravel

C16: from Middle Dutch ravelen

Ravel

/ (French ravɛl) /

noun

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)
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Word Origin and History for ravelled
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