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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun tangle has 2 senses

Verb tangle has 4 senses


tanglev. t. [A frequentative fr. tang seaweed; hence, to twist like seaweed. See Tang seaweed, and cf. Tangle, n.].
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in lies.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
    "When my simple weakness strays,
    Tangled in forbidden ways.
    "  [1913 Webster]
tanglev. i. 
     To be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Any large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria saccharina. See Kelp.  [1913 Webster]
    "Coral and sea fan and tangle, the blooms and the palms of the ocean."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A knot of threads, or other thing, united confusedly, or so interwoven as not to be easily disengaged; a snarl; as, hair or yarn in tangles; a tangle of vines and briers. Used also figuratively.  [1913 Webster]
  •  An instrument consisting essentially of an iron bar to which are attached swabs, or bundles of frayed rope, or other similar substances, -- used to capture starfishes, sea urchins, and other similar creatures living at the bottom of the sea.  [1913 Webster]
Blue tangle. (Bot.)See Dangleberry. -- Tangle picker (Zoöl.), the turnstone. [Prov. Eng.]


tangle, v. & n.
1 a tr. intertwine (threads or hairs etc.) in a confused mass; entangle. b intr. become tangled.
2 intr. (foll. by with) colloq. become involved (esp. in conflict or argument) with (don't tangle with me).
3 tr. complicate (a tangled affair).
1 a confused mass of intertwined threads etc.
2 a confused or complicated state (be in a tangle; a love tangle).

tangle, n. any of various seaweeds, esp. of the genus Laminaria or Fucus.

prob. f. Norw. taangel f. ON th{ouml}ngull



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VB derange, disarrange, misarrange, displace, misplace, mislay, discompose, disorder, deorganize, discombobulate, disorganize, embroil, unsettle, disturb, confuse, trouble, perturb, jumble, tumble, shuffle, randomize, huddle, muddle, toss, hustle, fumble, riot, bring into disorder, put into disorder, throw into disorder, muss, break the ranks, disconcert, convulse, break in upon, unhinge, dislocate, put out of joint, throw out of gear, turn topsy-turvy, bedevil, complicate, involve, perplex, confound, imbrangle, embrangle, tangle, entangle, ravel, tousle, towzle, dishevel, ruffle, rumple, litter, scatter, mix, rearrange.


VB cross, decussate, intersect, interlace, intertwine, intertwist, interweave, interdigitate, interlink, twine, entwine, weave, inweave, twist, wreathe, anastomose, inosculate, dovetail, splice, link, lace, tat, mat, plait, plat, braid, felt, twill, tangle, entangle, ravel, net, knot, dishevel, raddle.

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