verb (ravels, ravelling, ravelled; US ravels, raveling, raveled)
- 1 [with object] (ravel something out) Untangle something: Davy had finished ravelling out his herring netMore 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.
- 2 [no object] Unravel; fray: (as adjective ravelled) a shirt with a ravelled collarMore example sentences
- Pulses raced and temperatures soared as the game ravelled furiously before the heated supporters.
- It would be nice if you could just ravel out into time.
- If the fabric ravels easily after cutting, serge-finish the edges before constructing the garment.
- 3 [with object] Confuse or complicate (a question or situation): I’d prefer you to keep your nose out of my business and not ravel things furtherMore 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 ravel of knittingMore 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'.
More definitions of ravelDefinition of ravel in:
- The US English dictionary