What does Ravel mean?

Definitions for Ravel
ˈræv əlrav·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ravel, Maurice Ravelnoun

    French composer and exponent of Impressionism (1875-1937)

  2. run, ladder, ravelverb

    a row of unravelled stitches

    "she got a run in her stocking"

  3. ravel, unravel, ravel outverb


    "can you unravel the mystery?"

  4. ravel, tangle, knotverb

    tangle or complicate

    "a ravelled story"


  1. ravelverb

    To pull apart (especially cloth or a seam); unravel.

  2. ravelverb

    To clarify by separation into simpler pieces.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Ravelverb

    Etymology: ravelen, Dutch, to entangle.

    As you unwind her love from him,
    Lest it should ravel, and be good to none,
    You must provide to bottom it on me. William Shakespeare.

    If then such praise the Macedonian got,
    For having rudely cut the Gordian knot;
    What glory’s due to him that cou’d divide
    Such ravel’d int’rests, has the knot unty’d,
    And without stroke so smooth a passage made,
    Where craft and malice such obstructions laid. Edmund Waller.

    Let him for a pair of reechy kisses,
    Or padling in your neck with his damn’d fingers,
    Make you to ravel all this matter out. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Sleep that knits up the ravel’d sleeve of care. William Shakespeare.

    They but ravel it over loosely, and pitch upon disputing against particular conclusions, that at the first encounter of them single, seem harsh to them. Digby.

  2. To Ravelverb

    Give the reins to wandering thought,
    Regardless of his glory’s diminution;
    Till by their own perplexities involv’d,
    They ravel more, still less resolv’d,
    But never find self-satisfying solution. John Milton, Agonistes.

    It will be needless to ravel far into the records of elder times; every man’s memory will suggest many pertinent instances. Decay of Piety.

    The humour of ravelling into all these mystical or intangled matters, mingling with the interest and passions of princes and of parties, and thereby heightened and inflamed, produced infinite disputes. William Temple.


  1. ravel

    Joseph Maurice Ravel (7 March 1875 – 28 December 1937) was a French composer, pianist and conductor. He is often associated with Impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer. Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the conservatoire, Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity and incorporating elements of modernism, baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of development. Renowned for his abilities in orchestration, Ravel made some orchestral arrangements of other composers' piano music, of which his 1922 version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is the best known. A slow and painstaking worker, Ravel composed fewer pieces than many of his contemporaries. Among his works to enter the repertoire are pieces for piano, chamber music, two piano concertos, ballet music, two operas and eight song cycles; he wrote no symphonies or church music. Many of his works exist in two versions: first, a piano score and later an orchestration. Some of his piano music, such as Gaspard de la nuit (1908), is exceptionally difficult to play, and his complex orchestral works such as Daphnis et Chloé (1912) require skilful balance in performance. Ravel was among the first composers to recognise the potential of recording to bring their music to a wider public. From the 1920s, despite limited technique as a pianist or conductor, he took part in recordings of several of his works; others were made under his supervision.


  1. ravel

    Ravel typically refers to untwisting or entangling something such as threads or fibers. It can also signify the process of unraveling, complicating, or creating confusion. In computing, it refers to the process of converting a multi-dimensional array into a one-dimensional array. It also defines a musical term referring to the French composer, Maurice Ravel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ravelverb

    to separate or undo the texture of; to take apart; to untwist; to unweave or unknit; -- often followed by out; as, to ravel a twist; to ravel out a stocking

  2. Ravelverb

    to undo the intricacies of; to disentangle

  3. Ravelverb

    to pull apart, as the threads of a texture, and let them fall into a tangled mass; hence, to entangle; to make intricate; to involve

  4. Ravelverb

    to become untwisted or unwoven; to be disentangled; to be relieved of intricacy

  5. Ravelverb

    to fall into perplexity and confusion

  6. Ravelverb

    to make investigation or search, as by picking out the threads of a woven pattern

  7. Etymology: [OD. ravelen, D. rafelen, akin to LG. rebeln, rebbeln, reffeln.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ravel

    rav′el, v.t. to confuse, entangle: to untwist or unweave: to unravel (in this sense usually with out).—v.i. to be untwisted or unwoven: to become entangled: to search (with into):—pr.p. rav′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. rav′elled.n. a ravelled thread.—adj. Rav′elled, denoting bread made from flour and bran.—ns. Rav′elling, a ravelled thread; Rav′elling-en′gine, a machine for tearing rags.—adv. Rav′elly.—n. Rav′elment, discord. [Dut. ravelen.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RAVEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ravel is ranked #68770 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ravel surname appeared 286 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ravel.

    68.1% or 195 total occurrences were White.
    18.1% or 52 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.6% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.1% or 6 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.7% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for Ravel »

  1. arvel

  2. laver

  3. velar

  4. larve

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ravel in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ravel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Ravel in a Sentence

  1. Ry Cooder:

    I like classical music. I especially like the French composers: Ravel in particular. Debussy. That's so soothing in a nervous world.

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    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
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