Pronunciation: (rav'ul),[key] —v.,-eled, -el•ing or (esp. Brit.)-elled, -el•ling, —n.
—v.t. 1. to disentangle or unravel the threads or fibers of (a woven or knitted fabric, rope, etc.).
2. to tangle or entangle.
3. to involve; confuse; perplex.
4. to make clear; unravel (often fol. by out).
—v.i. 1. to become disjoined thread by thread or fiber by fiber; fray.
2. to become tangled.
3. to become confused or perplexed.
4. (of a road surface) to lose aggregate.