Unravel vs Unstitch - What's the difference?

unravel | unstitch |

As verbs the difference between unravel and unstitch

is that unravel is to separate the threads (of); disentangle while unstitch is to take out stitches from.




  • to separate the threads (of); disentangle
  • Stop playing with the seam of the tablecloth! You will unravel it.
    Mother couldn't unravel the ball of wool after the cat had played with it.
  • to become undone; to collapse
  • * 2010 , Ian Cowie, "State pension Ponzi scheme unravels with retirement at 70", The Telegraph , June 24th, 2010,
  • *:The great Ponzi scheme that lies behind our State pension is unravelling – as they all do eventually – because money being taken from new investors is insufficient to honour promises issued to earlier generations.
  • New Ponzi Scheme Unravels !
  • (figurative) To clear from complication or difficulty; to unfold; to solve.
  • to unravel a plot
    to unravel a mystery
    to unravel the confusion
  • (figurative) To separate the connected or united parts of; to throw into disorder; to confuse.
  • * Dryden
  • Art shall be conjured for it, and nature all unravelled .
    ''to unravel the global compromise achieved in the Constitutional Treaty
    ''to unravel the broad consensus which was created

    Usage notes

    unraveling and unraveled are primarily US while unravelling and unravelled are primarily UK.


    * unriddle * solve * unsnarl * disentangle

    Derived terms

    * unravelling




  • To take out stitches from.
  • To unravel or disunite; to cause to come apart.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2007, date=November 18, author=Trymaine Lee, title=A Symbol of Activism Is at Center of Court Dispute, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=When racially charged killings in the 1980s unstitched already flimsy race relations in the city, the Slave Theater grew to be more than just a movie house, it became a symbol and center of black activism. }}