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
The army’s influence and the tentacles of the intelligence apparatus reached into the press, the courts, universities and private business.
His approach to movies, from the stories to the production and how they get financed, is as full of surprises as a tall, blue lady with tentacles, singing electro-opera.
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.
Later plans call for lazy rivers that stem from the lagoon like tentacles, taking visitors deeper into the Jungle.
Top businesspeople have been implicated as well, sending the tentacles of the investigation beyond Brazilian borders.
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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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