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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To undo or ravel the knitted fabric of.
  • transitive v. To separate (entangled threads).
  • transitive v. To separate and clarify the elements of (something mysterious or baffling); solve. See Synonyms at solve.
  • intransitive v. To become unraveled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to separate the threads (of)
  • v. to become undone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become unraveled, in any sense.
  • transitive v. To disentangle; to disengage or separate the threads of.
  • transitive v. Hence, to clear from complication or difficulty; to unfold; to solve.
  • transitive v. To separate the connected or united parts of; to throw into disorder; to confuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To disentangle or separate, as threads; especially, to take out the threads of (textile material). See ravel.
  • To clear from complication or difficulty; unriddle; unfold.
  • To separate the connected or united parts of; throw into disorder.
  • To unfold or bring to a denouement, as the plot or intrigue of a play.
  • To be unfolded; be disentangled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of
  • v. become undone
  • v. disentangle

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