1. To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging, as
In our madness evermore we rave.Chaucer.
Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast?Addison.
The mingled torrent of redcoats and tartans went raving down the valley to the gorge of Killiecrankie.Macaulay.
2. To rush wildly or furiously. Spenser.
3. To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; followed by about, of,
or on; as, he raved about her beauty.
The hallowed sceneByron.
Which others rave of, though they know it not.
(Rave), v. t. To utter in madness or frenzy; to say wildly; as, to rave nonsense. Young.
(Rave"hook) n. (Shipbuilding) A tool, hooked at the end, for enlarging or clearing seams for
the reception of oakum.
(Rav"el) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raveled (-'ld) or Ravelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Raveling or Ravelling.]
[OD. ravelen, D. rafelen, akin to LG. rebeln, rebbeln, reffeln.]
1. To separate or undo the texture of; to take apart; to untwist; to unweave or unknit; often followed by
out; as, to ravel a twist; to ravel out a stocking.
Sleep, that knits up the raveled sleave of care.Shak.
2. To undo the intricacies of; to disentangle.
3. To pull apart, as the threads of a texture, and let them fall into a tangled mass; hence, to entangle; to
make intricate; to involve.
What glory 's due to him that could divideWaller.
Such raveled interests? has the knot untied?
The faith of very many men seems a duty so weak and indifferent, is so often untwisted by violence, or
raveled and entangled in weak discourses!Jer. Taylor.
(Rav"el), v. i.
1. To become untwisted or unwoven; to be disentangled; to be relieved of intricacy.
2. To fall into perplexity and confusion. [Obs.]
Till, by their own perplexities involved,Milton.
They ravel more, still less resolved.
3. To make investigation or search, as by picking out the threads of a woven pattern. [Obs.]
The humor of raveling into all these mystical or entangled matters.Sir W. Temple.
(Rav"el*er) n. [Also raveller.] One who ravels.
(Rave"lin) n. [F.; cf. Sp. rebellin, It. revellino, rivellino; perhaps fr. L. re- again + vallum wall.]
(Fort.) A detached work with two embankments which make a salient angle. It is raised before the curtain
on the counterscarp of the place. Formerly called demilune, and half-moon.