Definitions for: Tangle


[n] something jumbled or confused; "a tangle of government regulations"
[n] a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven; "they carved their way through the tangle of vines"
[v] twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord"
[v] disarrange or rumple; dishevel; "The strong wind tousled my hair"
[v] tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story"
[v] force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action; "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tan"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tangled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tangling.] [A frequentative fr. tang seaweed; hence, to
twist like seaweed. See Tang seaweed, and cf. Tangle, n.]
1. To unite or knit together confusedly; to interweave or
interlock, as threads, so as to make it difficult to
unravel the knot; to entangle; to ravel.

2. To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in
lies. ``Tangled in amorous nets.'' --Milton.

When my simple weakness strays, Tangled in forbidden
ways. --Crashaw.


Tan"gle, v. i.
To be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle.


Tan"gle, n.
1. [Cf. Icel. [thorn]["o]ngull. See Tang seaweed.] (Bot.)
Any large blackish seaweed, especially the {Laminaria
saccharina}. See Kelp.

Coral and sea fan and tangle, the blooms and the
palms of the ocean. --C. Kingsley.

2. [From Tangle, v.] A knot of threads, or other thing,
united confusedly, or so interwoven as not to be easily
disengaged; a snarl; as, hair or yarn in tangles; a tangle
of vines and briers. Used also figuratively.

3. pl. An instrument consisting essentially of an iron bar to
which are attached swabs, or bundles of frayed rope, or
other similar substances, -- used to capture starfishes,
sea urchins, and other similar creatures living at the
bottom of the sea.

Blue tangle. (Bot.)See Dangleberry.

Tangle picker (Zo["o]l.), the turnstone. [Prov. Eng.]

Synonyms: dishevel, drag, drag in, embroil, entangle, knot, mat, maze, ravel, snarl, snarl, sweep, sweep up, tousle

Antonyms: disentangle, straighten out, unknot, unpick, unravel, unscramble, unsnarl, untangle

See Also: disarrange, distort, enlace, enmesh, ensnarl, entwine, felt, hair ball, hairball, interlace, intertwine, involve, lace, mesh, natural object, perplexity, shag, trichobezoar, twine, twist

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