Rav·el v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raveled or Ravelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Raveling or Ravelling.]
1. To separate or undo the texture of; to unravel; to take apart; to untwist; to unweave or unknit; -- often followed by out; as, to ravel a twist; to ravel out a stocking.
Sleep, that knits up the raveled sleave of care. --Shak.
2. To undo the intricacies of; to disentangle.
3. To pull apart, as the threads of a texture, and let them fall into a tangled mass; hence, to entangle; to make intricate; to involve.
What glory's due to him that could divide
Such raveled interests? has the knot untied? --Waller.
The faith of very many men seems a duty so weak and indifferent, is so often untwisted by violence, or raveled and entangled in weak discourses! --Jer. Taylor.
Rav·el, v. i.
1. To become untwisted or unwoven; to be disentangled; to be relieved of intricacy.
2. To fall into perplexity and confusion. [Obs.]
Till, by their own perplexities involved,
They ravel more, still less resolved. --Milton.
3. To make investigation or search, as by picking out the threads of a woven pattern. [Obs.]
The humor of raveling into all these mystical or entangled matters. --Sir W. Temple.
n 1: French composer and exponent of Impressionsim (1875-1937)
[syn: Maurice Ravel]
2: a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a run in her
stocking" [syn: run, ladder]
v 1: disentangle; "can you unravel the mystery?"; "unravel the
ball or yarn" [syn: unravel, ravel out]
2: tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story" [syn: tangle, knot]
[ant: unravel, unravel]