verb (ravels, ravelling, ravelled; US ravels, raveling, raveled)
- 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.
- 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'.
unravel from early 17th century:
The Dutch were the first to ravel, which originally meant both ‘to entangle’ and ‘to disentangle’. In the early 17th century unravel added to the existing complexity. You might think that ravel would then have settled down as its opposite, ‘to entangle’, but that is not what happened, and ravel and unravel usually have the same meaning.
Words that rhyme with ravelCavell, cavil, gavel, gravel, travel
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