run, ladder, ravel
(noun) a row of unravelled stitches; “she got a run in her stocking”
Ravel, Maurice Ravel
(noun) French composer and exponent of Impressionism (1875-1937)
ravel, tangle, knot
(verb) tangle or complicate; “a ravelled story”
ravel, unravel, ravel out
(verb) disentangle; “can you unravel the mystery?”
Source: WordNet® 3.1
ravel (plural ravels)
A snarl; a complication.
A ravelled thread.
ravel (third-person singular simple present ravels, present participle (US) raveling or ravelling, simple past and past participle (US) raveled or ravelled)
(transitive) To tangle; entangle; entwine confusedly, become snarled; thus to involve; perplex; confuse.
(transitive, figurative) To undo the intricacies of; to disentangle or clarify.
(transitive) To pull apart (especially cloth or a seam); unravel.
(intransitive) To become entangled.
(intransitive) To become untwisted or unwoven.
(computing, programming) In the APL programming language, to reshape (a variable) into a vector.
• The spellings ravelling and ravelled are more common in the UK than in the US.
• arvel, larve, laver, reval, velar
Rav"el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raveled or Ravelled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Raveling or Ravelling.] Etym: [. ravelen, D. rafelen, akin to LG.
rebeln, rebbeln, reffeln.]
1. 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 sticking.
Sleep, that knits up the raveled sleave of care. Shak.
2. To undo the intricacies of; to disentangle.
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.
What glory's due to him that could divide Such raveled interests has
he not untied Waller.
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.
Rav"el, v. i.
1. To become untwisted or unwoven; to be disentangled; to be relieved
2. To fall into perplexity and confusion. [Obs.]
Till, by their own perplexities involved, They ravel more, still less
3. To make investigation or search, as by picking out the threads of
a woven pattern. [Obs.]
The humor of raveling into all these mystical or entangled matters.
Sir W. Temple.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition