Bastions and raveling were everywhere rising, constructed on principles unknown to Parma and Spinola.
These are the two who walked that afternoon towards raveling.
My temper's fairly long-suffering, but 'twas raveling some by this time.
We are going to bind the edge to prevent it from raveling and to make it strong.
You hadn't had any experience in raveling such things out, and naturally it was too many for you.
We have learned that our dish towels had to be hemmed because of the raveling of material.
Baste also one-fourth inch hems at the outside edges of the side lengths which are raveling.
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.
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.
1630s, "a tangle;" 1832, "a broken thread," from ravel (v.).