Definition of Tangle

1. Noun. A twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven. "They carved their way through the tangle of vines"

Generic synonyms: Natural Object
Specialized synonyms: Hair Ball, Hairball, Trichobezoar, Shag

2. Verb. Force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action. "Don't drag me into this business"
Exact synonyms: Drag, Drag In, Embroil, Sweep, Sweep Up
Generic synonyms: Involve
Derivative terms: Embroilment

3. Noun. Something jumbled or confused. "A tangle of government regulations"
Exact synonyms: Maze, Snarl
Generic synonyms: Perplexity
Derivative terms: Snarl, Snarl, Snarly

4. Verb. Tangle or complicate. "A ravelled story"
Exact synonyms: Knot, Ravel
Generic synonyms: Enlace, Entwine, Interlace, Intertwine, Lace, Twine
Derivative terms: Knot, Ravel
Antonyms: Unknot, Unravel, Unravel

5. Verb. Disarrange or rumple; dishevel. "The strong wind tousled my hair"
Exact synonyms: Dishevel, Tousle
Generic synonyms: Disarrange

6. Verb. Twist together or entwine into a confusing mass. "They tangle their hair "; "The child entangled the cord"
Exact synonyms: Entangle, Mat, Snarl
Generic synonyms: Distort, Twine, Twist
Specialized synonyms: Felt, Enmesh, Ensnarl, Mesh
Antonyms: Disentangle, Unsnarl
Derivative terms: Snarl

Definition of Tangle

1. v. t. To unite or knit together confusedly; to interweave or interlock, as threads, so as to make it difficult to unravel the knot; to entangle; to ravel.

2. v. i. To be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle.

3. n. Any large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria saccharina. See Kelp.

Definition of Tangle

1. Verb. (intransitive) to become mixed together or intertwined ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) to be forced into some kind of situation ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) to enter into an argument, conflict, dispute, or fight ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to mix together or intertwine ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to catch and hold ¹

6. Noun. a tangled twisted mass ¹

7. Noun. a complicated or confused state or condition ¹

8. Noun. an argument, conflict, dispute, or fight ¹

9. Noun. (mathematics) A region of the projection of a knot such that the knot crosses its perimeter exactly four times. ¹

10. Noun. Any large type of seaweed, especially a species of ''Laminaria''. ¹

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Definition of Tangle

1. to bring together in intricate confusion [v -GLED, -GLING, -GLES]

Medical Definition of Tangle

1. A small irregular knot. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tangle

tangier disease
tangle (current term)
tangle orchid
tangle with
tangled nest spider
tangled nest spiders

Literary usage of Tangle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1846)
"I have heard of Mr. tangle. We never met before—but his reputation bas ... cried tangle, half closing his eyes; " you don't know what friends you had. ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1845)
"What can I have the honor to do for his lordship V asked Mr. tangle, with a smile dirt cheap ... tangle looked round with astonishment at the interruption, ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1846)
"Very odd sir," said Rasp, vigorously lathering tangle, as though he was ... tangle spoke not ; but shivered out a long sigh, evidently provocative to the ..."

4. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"The eastern edge of the great tangle of mountains which makes up the western third ... The Judge puts his mind to the tangle of contradictions in the case. ..."

5. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1845)
"tangle looked silently but intently in the face of Capstick, ... I am always glad to welcome back an erring man to the paths of virtue," said tangle. ..."

6. The American Boys Handy Book by Daniel Carter Beard (1890)
"Dredge, tangle, and Trawl Fishing. searched for minute objects. ... The Use of the tangle. Partially buried in the mud of the bottom are to be found many ..."

7. The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly edited by William Braithwaite, James Braithwaite, Edmond Fauriel Trevelyan (1863)
"In reference to the use of the sea tangle tent, I may say, ... I must say I prefer the tangle to the sponge tent for the following reasons :—It does its ..."

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