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 Animals who faced entanglement from plastic comprised the other 10%, and often had shipping straps wrapped around their necks. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Large ocean animals commonly eat plastic waste, report finds," 19 Nov. 2020 The long-standing quest for a quantum description of gravity becomes a matter of identifying the qubit entanglement pattern that encodes the particular kind of space-time fabric found in the actual universe. Quanta Magazine, "What Is a Particle?," 12 Nov. 2020 The cooperative missions were lots of fun, but this game’s bloat included way too much entanglement with Ubisoft online fussiness, including needing a real-world phone app to unlock all the chests. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "All the Assassin’s Creed games, ranked," 11 Nov. 2020 Sorting through the Kiner-Falefa/Jung entanglement is a priority. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Solving the Rangers’ potential entanglement at third base, which now includes a Gold Glove winner," 10 Nov. 2020 This ongoing financial and operational entanglement, Johnson said, made his preferred position as a reformer and change agent untenable. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Pride Films and Plays faces fresh turmoil as new artistic director resigns," 10 Nov. 2020 Moreover, reassembling civilization requires Maddy, with whom Peter had a brief entanglement. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "Review: Jonathan Lethem's 'The Arrest' a shaggy-dog apocalypse tale," 8 Nov. 2020 Now physicists just had to calculate the entanglement entropy. Quanta Magazine, "The Most Famous Paradox in Physics Nears its End," 29 Oct. 2020 Last year, local crabbers decided to delay the local commercial crab season by a month until the risk of whale entanglement was lower, to Dec. 15, which meant no crabs during their traditional Thanksgiving debut then, either. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area Dungeness crab season might not open for Thanksgiving again. Here's why," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of entanglement

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of entanglement was in 1535

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Entanglement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entanglement. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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