en·​tan·​gle·​ment | \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl-mənt , 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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his life is greatly complicated by his romantic entanglements

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And that gets to the possible practical benefits here: easy entanglement of two distant devices provides a great opportunity for things like quantum key distribution. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Clouds of atoms, vibrating mirrors show their quantum side," 28 Apr. 2018 The cautionary tale of Vioxx shows how the entanglement of Big Pharma and research can lead to a public health disaster. Susan Scutti, Newsweek, "The Sunshine Act Will Publicize Big Pharma’s Undue Influence on Doctors," 22 May 2014 All the sailors in the Cup carry a knife to cut themselves free of entanglements, along with an emergency oxygen canister that contains about a dozen gulps of air. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 The attorney general of the District of Columbia just filed a lawsuit against the company for its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica. David Pierce, WSJ, "Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Vikki Spruill, the aquarium’s president and CEO, says the technology is the latest effort to work with fishermen and engineers to solve the entanglement threat. William J. Kole, The Seattle Times, "Simulator helps experts understand how whales get entangled," 21 Nov. 2018 Given The Sinner’s focus on the way events stay with us, Cora’s case may be in the past, but the show’s emotional entanglement with it is not. Karen Han, Vox, "The Sinner is the rare murder mystery that doesn’t care whodunnit. Instead, it asks, “Why?”," 31 July 2018 The uptick in gray whale sightings is in line with a general increase in whale entanglements over the years. Katarina Zimmer, National Geographic, "Rise in Tailless Whale Sightings Has Scientists Concerned," 7 May 2018 Besides their sought-after clarity, extreme hardness, and entanglement in civil wars, diamonds tell unique geologic stories. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Blue diamonds come from ocean floor that is pushed nearly to Earth’s core," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of entanglement

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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