Definitions for unravelʌnˈræv əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•rav•elʌnˈræv əl(v.)-eled, -el•ing; -elled, -el•ling.

  1. (v.t.)to separate or disentangle the threads of (a fabric, rope, etc.).

  2. to free from complications; make plain or clear; solve:

    to unravel a mystery.

  3. to take apart; undo; destroy (a plan, agreement, or arrangement).

    Category: Informal

  4. (v.i.)to become unraveled.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unravel, unknot, unscramble, untangle, unpick(verb)

    become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of

    "unravel the thread"

  2. ravel, unravel, ravel out(verb)


    "can you unravel the mystery?"

  3. run, unravel(verb)

    become undone

    "the sweater unraveled"


  1. unravel(Verb)

    to separate the threads (of)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unravel(verb)

    to disentangle; to disengage or separate the threads of; as, to unravel a stocking

  2. Unravel(verb)

    hence, to clear from complication or difficulty; to unfold; to solve; as, to unravel a plot

  3. Unravel(verb)

    to separate the connected or united parts of; to throw into disorder; to confuse

  4. Unravel(verb)

    to become unraveled, in any sense


  1. Unravel

    "Unravel" is the third song on the album Homogenic by Björk, which was released in 1997. The song features a prominent example of Björk's use of a half-singing, half-speaking technique which, according to folklore specialist Njall Sigurason, is comparable to that of Old Icelandic choirmen. Structurally, the song is made up of a slowly sweeping melody, saxophones, a church organ, and distant-sounding electronic beats.

Translations for unravel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to take (eg string, thread etc) out of its tangled condition; to disentangle

She could not unravel the tangled thread.

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