rave, v. 1. talk wildly, ramble, babble, maunder; be delirious, run off.
2. rage, storm, thunder, fulminate, explode, flare up; roar, howl, holler, yell, Inf. raise a ruckus, SI. raise Cain, SI. raise hell; lose one's temper, SI. fly off the handle, lose control, SI. flip one's lid or wig; bluster, rant, declaim, harangue.
3. praise, praise to the skies, bestow kudos, give a great notice; gush, Inf. enthuse, go wild about; cheer, champion, root for, promote.
ravel, v. 1. disentangle, untwist, undo, unroll, take apart; comb, card, separate, divide; loose, unloose, disconnect, disjoin, disengage, untie.
2. tangle, entangle, involve, complicate, make complicated; knot up, intertwine, intertwist, twist; interweave, interlace, snarl, mat, plait; jumble, disorder, mix, muddle.
3. fray, unravel, unweave, shred, wear to shreds, wear to pieces, wear out, wear; tatter, Inf. frazzle, waste away.
4. explain, interpret, explicate; simplify, make plain, unfold, delineate, spell out; decipher, unriddle, decode, translate, render intelligible; sift, winnow, figure out, fathom, puzzle out; clarify, clear up, elucidate, resolve, solve; throw or shed light on, get the facts on, justify, warrant, account for.
raven, adj. black, glossy black, sable, ebony; pitch-black, jet, jet-black; coal-black, inky, nigritudinous; blackish, njgrescent.
ravenous, adj. 1. rapacious, predatory, preying, vulturing, raptorial; wolfish, lupine; marauding, plundering, pillaging, looting, piratical; savage, bestial, fierce.
2. (usu. in reference to food) ravening, voracious, devouring, gluttonous, cormorant; edacious; greedy, hoggish, piggish, swinish; insatiable, unquenchable, omnivorous.
ravine, n. chasm, gorge, cleft, canyon, abyss, gulf; crevasse, crevice, rift, fissure; defile, pass, Fr. couloir, gap, notch, Chiefly Scot. linn, dell; gulch, gully, Sp. arroyo, Sp. barranca, wadi; gullet, Brit, clough, ditch.
raving, adj. 1. delirious, out of one's mind or head, incoherent, not oneself, irrational, crazy, SI. cuckoo, SI. off one's rocker; deranged, SI. unglued, unhinged, unstuck, unstrung, SI. haywire, SI. batty, SI. nuts, SI. nutty; raging, frenzied, frantic, frenetic, hysterical, rabid; manic, maniacal, insane, berserk, mad, crazed; overexcited, overwrought, impassioned, extremely agitated, beside oneself, perturbed; furious, in a furor, in a frenzy, out of control, running amuck, wild; demoniac, possessed.
2. Informal, extraordinary, out-of-the-ordinary, uncommon, unusual, rare, singular; remarkable, noteworthy, stunning, striking, outstanding, prominent, conspicuous; phenomenal, special, great, signal. -n. 3. gibberish, babbling, gabble, jabber, sound without meaning.
4. bombast, rodomontade, magniloquence, grandiloquence, pomposity; extravagance, rant, high-flown language.
ravish, v. 1. transport, fill with joy, rejoice, delight, gladden, cheer; enchant, entrance, enrapture, Literary, rapture, captivate, bewitch, enthrall, charm; entice, allure, attract; excite, titillate, fascinate, electrify, dazzle.
2. (all usu. of persons) abduct, carry off, seize, steal, snatch, make off or away with; kidnap, seize as hostage, commandeer, take by force; usurp, accroach.
3. (all usu. in reference to sexual relations) rape, assault, attack, abuse, Euph. take advantage of, Euph. have one's way with; violate, deflower. See - rape (def. 4).