M. ravel

Ravel

[ruh-vel; French ra-vel]
noun
Maurice Joseph [moh-rees zhaw-zef] , 1875–1937, French composer.
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ravel (ˈrævəl)
 
vb (usually foll by out) , (US) -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
1.  to tangle (threads, fibres, etc) or (of threads, fibres, etc) to become entangled
2.  (often foll by out) to tease or draw out (the fibres of a fabric or garment) or (of a garment or fabric) to fray out in loose ends; unravel
3.  to disentangle or resolve: to ravel out a complicated story
4.  to break up (a road surface) in patches or (of a road surface) to begin to break up; fret; scab
5.  archaic to make or become confused or complicated
 
n
6.  a tangle or complication
 
[C16: from Middle Dutch ravelen]
 
'raveller
 
n
 
'ravelly
 
adj

Ravel (French ravɛl)
 
n
Maurice (Joseph) (mɔris). 1875--1937, French composer, noted for his use of unresolved dissonances and mastery of tone colour. His works include Gaspard de la Nuit (1908) and Le Tombeau de Couperin (1917) for piano, Boléro (1928) for orchestra, and the ballet Daphnis et Chloé (1912)

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ravel
1580s, "to untangle, unwind," also "to become tangled or confused," from Du. ravelen "to tangle, fray, unweave," from rafel "frayed thread." The seemingly contradictory senses of this word (ravel and unravel are both synonyms and antonyms) are reconciled by its roots in weaving and sewing: as threads
become unwoven, they get tangled.
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