ravel

Ravel is an interesting verb, in that it can mean both "tangle" and "untangle." So if you work to ravel yarn into a neat ball, your cat may come along and try to ravel it again.

The first syllable in ravel is accented and gets the short a sound, as in apple: "RA-vle" How can a word mean both one thing and its opposite? In the case of ravel, the answer is sewing: As threads come unwoven from a cloth, they become tangled on each other. Since untangling is never far from tangling, ravel covers both meanings.

Definitions of ravel
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v disentangle

Synonyms:
ravel out, unravel
Antonyms:
knot, tangle
tangle or complicate
Type of:
disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
extricate from entanglement

v tangle or complicate

“a ravelled story”
Synonyms:
knot, tangle
Antonyms:
unknot, unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle
become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of
ravel out, unravel
disentangle
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Type of:
enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
spin,wind, or twist together

n a row of unravelled stitches

Synonyms:
ladder, run
Type of:
damage, harm, impairment
the occurrence of a change for the worse

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