entanglement

noun
en·​tan·​gle·​ment | \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl-mənt How to pronounce entanglement (audio) , en- \

Definition of entanglement

1a : the action of entangling : the state of being entangled
b : something that entangles, confuses, or ensnares a project delayed by legal entanglements
2 : the condition of being deeply involved their entanglement in politics

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Examples of entanglement in a Sentence

his life is greatly complicated by his romantic entanglements
Recent Examples on the Web To distribute data, such networks also often rely on another effect called quantum entanglement. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Scientific American, "‘Hybrid’ Quantum Networking Demonstrated for First Time," 2 July 2020 Season 3 had found Wendy becoming a shark in a pond, taking the reins of the Byrde criminal enterprise, and getting in a dangerous entanglement with their drug lord boss. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Ozark stars Laura Linney and Tom Pelphrey on Wendy and Ben's 'great tragedy': 'I was just crying'," 13 July 2020 Computer scientists long ago realized this effect could enable ultrasecure telecommunications, in which any attempt at eavesdropping would disrupt the entanglement, making the surveillance transparently obvious. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Scientific American, "‘Hybrid’ Quantum Networking Demonstrated for First Time," 2 July 2020 The eldest of six children, Robert Hemings was born in 1762 into bondage, contradiction and entanglement. Washington Post, "Remembering the slave who joined Jefferson in Philadelphia," 1 July 2020 Some studies estimate that small whale abundance, which includes dolphins, has fallen 87% since 1980 and thousands of whales die from rope entanglement annually. Jason Bruck, The Conversation, "With the help of trained dolphins, our team of researchers is building a specialized drone to help us study dolphins in the wild," 1 July 2020 Hollywood has a long entanglement with the police over the last century. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Amid George Floyd protests, is it time for cop TV shows to be canceled for good?," 5 June 2020 Graham hates tourists, and strictly avoids entanglements with them as a rule. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: May romances tackle issues with ferocity and love," 1 June 2020 The agency wants to use a technique called entanglement swapping to send quantum information carried by entangled particles from one node on the ground to another. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "NASA's Plan to Turn the ISS Into a Quantum Laser Lab," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of entanglement

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Entanglement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entanglement. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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