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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 rav·el /ˈrævəl/
 (vt.)使糾纏,使混亂,拆開,弄清(vi.)散開,解除糾纏的一團,散開部分

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 Ravel
      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]