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1Untangle or unravel something.‘Davy had finished raveling out his herring net’figurative ‘sleep raveled out the tangles of his mind’
entwine, interweave, interlace, interthread, interwind, intertwist, twist, coil, twirl, ravel, lace, braid, plait, knitView synonyms
- ‘Individual sheets are raveled out in advance by blowing air against the side of a stack of sheets to remove attractions between sheets.’
2Confuse or complicate (a question or situation)
make difficult, make more difficult, make complex, make complicated, mix upView synonyms
- ‘The plot is sufficiently ravelled for the entry to Valhalla to have only ambiguous significance.’
A tangle, cluster, or knot.‘a lovely yellow ravel of sunflowers’
- ‘We discovered that whoever installed the pipes sealed the joints with duct tape because little silver ravels are visible at each section.’
- ‘What results is a controlled ravel (because the cuts are made on the bias) and a fluffy chenille effect.’
Late Middle English (in the sense entangle, confuse): probably from Dutch ravelen fray out, tangle.
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