- to separate or disentangle the threads of (a woven or knitted fabric, a rope, etc.).
- to free from complication or difficulty; make plain or clear; solve: to unravel a situation; to unravel a mystery.
- Informal. to take apart; undo; destroy (a plan, agreement, or arrangement).
- to become unraveled.
Origin of unravel
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Examples from the Web for unravelling
Graver is the author of three previous novels: Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling.The National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction
September 19, 2013
Perhaps I might have served in unravelling this unhappy tangle of misunderstandings.In the Valley
The unravelling of the trails in the swamp was an easy task for their keen noses.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
"I will cut it, which will be easier than unravelling it," Raoul replied.Saint Bartholomew's Eve
G. A. Henty
Who has not heard of you, and your skill in the unravelling of crime?The Shrieking Pit
Arthur J. Rees
Let those who like it, lend their labour to the unravelling the secrets of the mythologies.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
- (tr) to reduce (something knitted or woven) to separate strands
- (tr) to undo or untangle (something tangled or knotted)
- (tr) to explain or solvethe mystery was unravelled
- (intr) to become unravelled
Word Origin and History for unravelling
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