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English Dictionary: ravel by the DICT Development Group
3 results for ravel
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
Ravel
n
  1. French composer and exponent of Impressionism (1875-1937)
    Synonym(s): Ravel, Maurice Ravel
  2. a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a run in her stocking"
    Synonym(s): run, ladder, ravel
v
  1. disentangle; "can you unravel the mystery?" [syn: ravel, unravel, ravel out]
    Antonym(s): knot, ravel, tangle
  2. tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story"
    Synonym(s): ravel, tangle, knot
    Antonym(s): ravel, ravel out, unknot, unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ravel \Rav"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raveled}or {Ravelled}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Raveling} or {Ravelling}.] [. ravelen, D.
      rafelen, akin to LG. rebeln, rebbeln, reffeln.]
      1. To separate or undo the texture of; to take apart; to
            untwist; to unweave or unknit; -- often followed by out;
            as, to ravel a twist; to ravel out a sticking.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ravel \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.
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