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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Quite why she told a lie which was always going to unravel is a bit of a puzzle.
Nursing a strange psychiatric history and one it's difficult to unravel from the heroin addiction, a chicken-egg situation, but whatever the conclusions Anna Kavan's psyche seems to have been all a bit of a debilitating muddle.
Watching the Brubaker familys lives unravel is the best way to see the stuff from which theyre really made.
Either the New Deal has to unravel, which is what we hope for, or else the authoritarians
Nuevelle said she began to "unravel" during an argument in which she said that Albert threatened to use her authority to make sure Nuevelle never saw her own son again.
What the AP should have focused on were the results that showed that their reporting yesterday about the Bush Administration beginning to "unravel" in the eyes of the American public was as accurate as it could be.
The ensuing scandal threatened, in the words of Federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein, to "unravel" the remaining 60 "War" cases.
By "unravel" they mean he becomes violent and shoots people.
KING: What's it like to have your whole life kind of unravel before people?
And what we need to do is kind of unravel that and get as much information as possible.