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raveling

or (especially British) ravelling

[rav-uh-ling] /ˈræv ə lɪŋ/
noun
1.
something raveled out, as a thread drawn or separated from a knitted or woven fabric.
Origin of raveling
1650-1660
1650-60; ravel + -ing1

ravel

[rav-uh l] /ˈræv əl/
verb (used with object), raveled, raveling or (especially British) ravelled, ravelling.
1.
to disentangle or unravel the threads or fibers of (a woven or knitted fabric, rope, etc.).
2.
to tangle or entangle.
3.
to involve; confuse; perplex.
4.
to make clear; unravel (often followed by out).
verb (used without object), raveled, raveling or (especially British) ravelled, ravelling.
5.
to become disjoined thread by thread or fiber by fiber; fray.
6.
to become tangled.
7.
to become confused or perplexed.
8.
(of a road surface) to lose aggregate.
noun
9.
a tangle or complication.
Origin
1575-85; < Dutch rafelen
Related forms
raveler; especially British, raveller, noun
ravelly, adjective
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Examples from the Web for raveling
Historical Examples
  • Bastions and raveling were everywhere rising, constructed on principles unknown to Parma and Spinola.

  • These are the two who walked that afternoon towards raveling.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • My temper's fairly long-suffering, but 'twas raveling some by this time.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We are going to bind the edge to prevent it from raveling and to make it strong.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • You hadn't had any experience in raveling such things out, and naturally it was too many for you.

    Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • We have learned that our dish towels had to be hemmed because of the raveling of material.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Baste also one-fourth inch hems at the outside edges of the side lengths which are raveling.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • He'd been raveling off his pants for more splices until he blushed to look at himself.

  • By raveling off about four inches from each leg he got enough cotton thread to patch the other two wicks with.

  • If the German had waited, he must have seen me raveling it out like a cat tangled in a ball of cotton.

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British Dictionary definitions for raveling

ravel

/ˈrævəl/
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -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.
(transitive) usually foll by out. 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
noun
6.
a tangle or complication
Derived Forms
raveller, noun
ravelly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch ravelen

Ravel

/French ravɛl/
noun
1.
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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Contemporary definitions for raveling
adjective

pertaining to something that frays or ravels; also written ravelling

Examples

The raveling bottom of the jeans cannot be repaired.

Word Origin

1844

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Word Origin and History for raveling

ravel

v.

1580s, "to untangle, disentangle, unwind" (originally with out), also "to entangle, become tangled or confused," from Dutch ravelen "to tangle, fray," rafelen "to 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.

n.

1630s, "a tangle;" 1832, "a broken thread," from ravel (v.).

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