What does unravel mean?

Definitions for unravelʌnˈræv əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word unravel.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unravel

    un-rav′el, v.t. to take out of a ravelled state: to unfold or explain: to separate.—v.i. to be disentangled.—adj Unrav′elable.—ns. Unrav′eller; Unrav′elment.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unravel in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unravel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage


    Unravel the mysteries of life by LIVING in the NOW!

  2. Virgilio Mendez:

    There will be a continuous effort to unravel everything.

  3. An EU official:

    It would unravel the British deal, really, because the basic assumption is that this is a proposal for the UK.

  4. Subo Dong:

    Like many mysteries in astronomy, it may take years, if not decades, of observational and theoretical efforts to unravel it.

  5. Clemens Driessen:

    It's this most amazing logistical system, But as soon as you say you can no longer transport the animals, it all starts to unravel.

Images & Illustrations of unravel

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Translations for unravel

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • páratCzech
  • zunichte gemacht werden, einstürzen, aufdröseln, auflösen, zusammenstürzen, auftrennen, zugrundegehen, vernichtet werden, lösen, zusammenbrechen, ausfasern, enthüllen, zusammenfallen, zerfasern, entwirren, enträtseln, auseinanderdröseln, offenlegenGerman
  • desenredar, deshilar, desenmarañarSpanish
  • résoudre, démêler, dénouerFrench
  • खोलनाHindi
  • szálakra bont, kibogozHungarian
  • sfilacciare, smagliare, districare, disfareItalian
  • 解く, ほぐすJapanese
  • wete, whakamatara, wetewete, ui, weweteMāori
  • ontrafelen, ontwarrenDutch
  • rakneNorwegian
  • desemaranharPortuguese
  • deșiraRomanian
  • распутать, распутыватьRussian
  • reda ut, rämna, fransaSwedish
  • Chinese

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