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
Origin of raveling
Related Words for ravellingunwind, loosen, disentangle, free, untangle, unravel, untwist, unweave, untwine, unsnarl, unbraid
Examples from the Web for ravelling
Historical Examples of ravelling
Was he ravelling out his life into golden threads that vanished and were forgotten?The Great Hunger
It is not by ravelling that you will best appreciate its tissue or design.Life Without and Life Within
There's no crying off for YOU no ravelling out, no clean leaves.The Return
Walter de la Mare
I was afraid to use violence for fear of breaking it, or ravelling it through.The Vast Abyss
George Manville Fenn
She would pick every shred, ravelling, or speck from one's clothing.The Speech of Monkeys
R. L. Garner
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.).