Definition of ravel:
- To become untwisted or unwoven; to be disentangled; to be relieved of intricacy.
- To fall into perplexity and confusion.
- To make investigation or search, as by picking out the threads of a woven pattern.
- 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.
- 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.
- To undo the intricacies of; to disentangle.
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The act of course revived the lively monster, but his struggles now wound him up into such a ravel with the two lines and the net that he was soon unable to get up or jump about, though still able to make the very earth around him tremble with his convulsive heaves.- "The Prairie Chief", R.M. Ballantyne.
- "How Girls Can Help Their Country", Juliette Low Agnes Baden-Powell Robert Baden-Powell.
- "The Mystery of The Barranca", Herman Whitaker.