from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Confusion or complexity; a tangle.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A pulling or drawing apart, as in raveling a fabric; hence, disunion of feeling; disagreement; embroilment.
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Baker's door-rabbet an iron ring, and coil of rope; whereon, with firm grip, on this side and that, we form our Queue: but mischievous deceitful persons cut the rope, and our Queue becomes a ravelment; wherefore the coil must be made of iron chain.