from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thread or fiber that has become separated from a woven material.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of ravelin.
  • noun A raveled thread or fiber; a thread drawn out from a woven, knitted, or twisted fabric: as, to use ravelings for basting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of untwisting or of disentangling.
  • noun That which is raveled out; esp., a thread detached from a texture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of ravel.

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

  • noun a bit of fiber that has become separated from woven fabric


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