Meaning of ravel

rav•el

Pronunciation: (rav'ul), [key]
— v., n. -eled, -el•ing -elled, -el•ling,
—v.t.
  1. to disentangle or unravel the threads or fibers of (a woven or knitted fabric, rope, etc.).
  2. to tangle or entangle.
  3. to involve; confuse; perplex.
  4. to make clear; unravel (often fol. by out).
—v.i.
  1. to become disjoined thread by thread or fiber by fiber; fray.
  2. to become tangled.
  3. to become confused or perplexed.
  4. (of a road surface) to lose aggregate.
—n.
  1. a tangle or complication.

Ra•vel

Pronunciation: (ru-vel' Fr. ra-vel'), [key]
  1. 1875–1937, French composer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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