Ravelling
Ravel Rav"el (r[a^]v"'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raveled} (-'ld) or {Ravelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Raveling} or {Ravelling}.] [OD. ravelen, D. rafelen, akin to LG. rebeln, rebbeln, reffeln.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Sleep, that knits up the raveled sleave of care. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To undo the intricacies of; to disentangle. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

What glory's due to him that could divide Such raveled interests? has the knot untied? --Waller. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ravelling — noun see raveling …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ravelling — n. small piece of fiber that separated from woven fabric rav·el || rævl v. unravel, unwind a rope or thread; confuse, perplex, bewilder …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ravelling — noun a thread from a woven or knitted fabric that has frayed or started to unravel …   English new terms dictionary

  • ravelling — rav·el·ling …   English syllables

  • ravelling — /ˈrævəlɪŋ/ (say ravuhling) noun something ravelled out, as a thread drawn from a knitted or woven fabric. Also, Chiefly US, raveling …   Australian English dictionary

  • ravelling — n. a thread from fabric which is frayed or unravelled …   Useful english dictionary

  • raveling — noun a bit of fiber that has become separated from woven fabric • Syn: ↑ravelling • Derivationally related forms: ↑ravel (for: ↑ravelling), ↑ravel • Hypernyms: ↑fiber …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ravel — Rav el (r[a^]v l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raveled} ( ld) or {Ravelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Raveling} or {Ravelling}.] [OD. ravelen, D. rafelen, akin to LG. rebeln, rebbeln, reffeln.] 1. To separate or undo the texture of; to unravel; to take apart;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Raveled — Ravel Rav el (r[a^]v l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raveled} ( ld) or {Ravelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Raveling} or {Ravelling}.] [OD. ravelen, D. rafelen, akin to LG. rebeln, rebbeln, reffeln.] 1. To separate or undo the texture of; to unravel; to take… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Raveling — Rav el*ing (r[a^]v l*[i^]ng), n. [Also ravelling.] 1. The act of untwisting or of disentangling. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is raveled out; esp., a thread detached from a texture. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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