Definitions for tangleˈtæŋ gəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
tan•gleˈtæŋ gəl(v.; n.)-gled, -gling
(v.t.)to bring together into a mass of confusedly interlaced or intertwisted strands; snarl.
to involve in something that hampers, obstructs, or overgrows.
to catch and hold in or as if in a net or snare.
(v.i.)to be or become tangled.
to come into conflict; fight or argue.
(n.)a tangled condition or situation.
Category: Common Vocabulary
a tangled mass; snarl.
a confused jumble; maze.
a conflict; disagreement.
Origin of tangle:
1300–50; ME ta(n)gilen to entangle
any of several large seaweeds of the genus
Origin of tangle:
1530–40; < Scand; cf. ON thǫngull strand of tangle, Norw tang
a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven
"they carved their way through the tangle of vines"
tangle, snarl, maze(verb)
something jumbled or confused
"a tangle of government regulations"
embroil, tangle, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag in(verb)
force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
"They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business"
ravel, tangle, knot(verb)
tangle or complicate
"a ravelled story"
tousle, dishevel, tangle(verb)
disarrange or rumple; dishevel
"The strong wind tousled my hair"
entangle, tangle, mat, snarl(verb)
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
"The child entangled the cord"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to twist parts together, or become twisted
Don't tangle the strings.; The fishing line tangled in the propeller.
a twisted pile of things
a ball of wool lying in a tangle on the floor
with parts twisted together
tangled hair; Be careful or the lines will get tangled.
the play's tangled story line
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
to involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in lies
to be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle
any large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria saccharina. See Kelp
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
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
Translations for tangle
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an untidy, confused or knotted state
The child's hair was in a tangle.
- تَشابُك، تَعَقُّدArabic
- confusãoPortuguese (BR)
- spleť, změťCzech
- das GewirrGerman
- sammenfiltret klumpDanish
- desorden, maraña, enredoSpanish
- آشفتگی؛ گوریدگیFarsi
- désordre, masse enchevêtréeFrench
- zamršenost, zapletenostCroatian
- groviglio arruffatoItalian
- 얽힌 상태Korean
- floke, sammenfiltret masseNorwegian
- dezordine; încâlcireRomanian
- спутанное состояние; сплетениеRussian
- spleť; chumáčSlovak
- trassel, oreda, virrvarrSwedish
- arap saçına dönmüş şeyTurkish
- 紛亂, 混亂狀態Chinese (Trad.)
- плутанина, безладдяUkrainian
- mớ lộn xộnVietnamese
- 纷乱，混乱状态Chinese (Simp.)
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