tangle


1tan·gle

verb \ˈtaŋ-gəl\

: to become or cause (something) to become twisted together

tan·gledtan·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of TANGLE

transitive verb
1
:  to involve so as to hamper, obstruct, or embarrass
2
:  to seize and hold in or as if in a snare :  entrap
3
:  to unite or knit together in intricate confusion
intransitive verb
1
:  to interact in a contentious or conflicting way
2
:  to become entangled

Examples of TANGLE

  1. This fishing line tangles easily.
  2. <was at last tangled in the web of lies that he had told to everyone>

Origin of TANGLE

Middle English tanglen, tagilen, probably short for entanglen, from Anglo-French entagler, entangler to prosecute (for), implicate
First Known Use: 14th century

2tangle

noun

Definition of TANGLE

1
:  a tangled twisted mass :  snarl
2
a :  a complicated or confused state or condition
b :  a state of perplexity or complete bewilderment
3
:  a serious altercation :  dispute

First Known Use of TANGLE

1615

3tangle

noun

Definition of TANGLE

:  a large seaweed

Origin of TANGLE

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse thǫngull tangle, thang seaweed
First Known Use: 1536

tan·gle

noun \ˈtaŋ-gəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TANGLE

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