verb (ravels, raveling, raveled ; British ravels, ravelling, ravelled)[with object]
- 1 (ravel something out) Untangle or unravel something: Davy had finished raveling out his herring net • figurative sleep raveled out the tangles of his mindMore example sentences
- Individual sheets are raveled out in advance by blowing air against the side of a stack of sheets to remove attractions between sheets.
- 2Confuse or complicate (a question or situation).More example sentences
- The plot is sufficiently ravelled for the entry to Valhalla to have only ambiguous significance.
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- A tangle, cluster, or knot: a lovely yellow ravel of sunflowersMore example sentences
- We discovered that whoever installed the pipes sealed the joints with duct tape because little silver ravels are visible at each section.
- What results is a controlled ravel (because the cuts are made on the bias) and a fluffy chenille effect.
late Middle English (in the sense 'entangle, confuse'): probably from Dutch ravelen 'fray out, tangle'.
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