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Definition of ravel:

  1. To become untwisted or unwoven; to be disentangled; to be relieved of intricacy.
  2. To fall into perplexity and confusion.
  3. To make investigation or search, as by picking out the threads of a woven pattern.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 stocking.
  6. To undo the intricacies of; to disentangle.

Synonyms:

snarl, running game, drag, ravel out, loosen, test, political campaign, Maurice Ravel, running play, fray, embarrass, knot, footrace, run, campaign, rill, unscramble, dishevel, streamlet, come apart, outpouring, ladder, untwine, tally, embroil, untwist, make plain, unpick, unravel, runnel, sweep up, streak, involve, complicate, discharge, unsnarl, disentangle, unweave, trial, tousle, simple, drag in, unknot, rivulet, running, entangle, foot race, perplex, unbraid, smooth out, untangle, mat, tangle, sweep.

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