Rav"el (răv"'l), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Raveled (-'ld) or
Ravelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Raveling or
Ravelling.] [OD. 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 stocking.
Sleep, that knits up the raveled sleave of
2. To undo the intricacies of; to
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 the knot untied?
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 of
2. To fall into perplexity and
Till, by their own perplexities involved,
They ravel more, still less resolved.
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.