Definition for RAV'EL

RAV'EL, v.t. [rav'l; D. raaffelen and ravelen. See Class Rb, No. 3, 4, 34. This word is used in opposite senses.]

  1. To entangle; to entwist together; to make intricate; to involve; to perplex. What glory's due to him that could divide / Such ravel'd int'rests, has the knot unty'd? – Waller.
  2. To untwist; to unweave or unknot; to disentangle; to ravel out a twist; to ravel out a stocking. Sleep, that knits up the ravel'd sleeve of care. – Shak.
  3. To hurry or run over in confusion. [Not in use.] – Digby.

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