Definition of tentacle
1 : any of various elongate flexible usually tactile or prehensile processes borne by animals and especially invertebrates chiefly on the head or about the mouth
2a : something that resembles a tentacle especially in or as if in grasping or feeling out corruption spreading its tentaclesb : a sensitive hair or emergence on a plant (such as the sundew)
tentacledplay \-kəld\ adjective
Examples of tentacle in a Sentence
The corporation's tentacles are felt in every sector of the industry.
the tentacles of organized crime
Recent Examples of tentacle from the Web
Instead, hydrogen peroxide interacts with flecks of platinum inside the robot, which produces gas that inflates and flexes the octobot’s tentacles, propelling it through water.
Her rubber hip boots filled and began pulling at her legs like giant tentacles, sucking her down.
But no one expects a slowdown in Judge’s rapid ascent, nor is anyone from back home worried about celebrity’s long tentacles sabotaging his career.
Better still, the wee beastie that's heavy on its hoof comes equipped with thin, glassy blue tentacles that could be the altnet saviour that some of the Scottish islands stuck in the broadband slow lane need.
Top businesspeople have been implicated as well, sending the tentacles of the investigation beyond Brazilian borders.
Boko Haram’s tentacles reached there, too, and in May 2014, two bombs ripped through the city’s business district, where his mother worked.
The tentacles into creepy Florida gambling society and the desperate creeps staying a few steps ahead of the law make this a great summer read.
Start things off with the calamari appetizer ($8), a tangle of tender squid rings and tentacles — nice and crunchy on the outside thanks to a tenuous breading — dusted with toasted black sesame seeds and chopped scallion.
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TENTACLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tentacle for English Language Learners
: one of the long, flexible arms of an animal (such as an octopus) that are used for grabbing things and moving
tentacles : power or influence that reaches into many areas
TENTACLE Defined for Kids
Definition of tentacle for Students
: one of the long thin flexible parts that stick out around the head or the mouth of an animal (as a jellyfish or sea anemone) and are used especially for feeling or grasping
Medical Definition of tentacle
: any of various elongate flexible usually tactile or prehensile processes borne by animals chiefly on the head or about the mouth; especially : one of the threadlike processes bearing nematocysts that hang down from the margin of the umbrella of many jellyfishes
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