What does tangle mean?

Definitions for tangle
ˈtæŋ gəltan·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tanglenoun

    a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven

    "they carved their way through the tangle of vines"

  2. tangle, snarl, mazeverb

    something jumbled or confused

    "a tangle of government regulations"

  3. embroil, tangle, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag inverb

    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"

  4. ravel, tangle, knotverb

    tangle or complicate

    "a ravelled story"

  5. tousle, dishevel, tangleverb

    disarrange or rumple; dishevel

    "The strong wind tousled my hair"

  6. entangle, tangle, mat, snarlverb

    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

    "The child entangled the cord"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tanglenoun

    A knot of things mingled in one another.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He leading swiftly rowl’d
    In tangles, and made intricate seem strait,
    To mischief swift. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    Sport with Amaryllis in the shade,
    Or with the tangles of Neæra’s hair. John Milton.

  2. To Tangleverb

    She means to tangle mine eyes too.
    ’Tis not your inky brows, your black silk hair,
    Your bugle eye-balls, nor your cheek of cream. William Shakespeare.

    I do, quoth he, perceive
    My king is tangl’d in affection to
    A creature of the queen’s, lady Anne Bullen. William Shakespeare.

    You must lay lime to tangle her desires
    By wailful sonnets, whose composed rhimes
    Shall be full fraught with serviceable vows. William Shakespeare.

    If thou retire, the dauphin, well appointed,
    Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee. William Shakespeare.

    Now ly’st victorious
    Among thy slain self-kill’d,
    Not willingly, but tangl’d in the fold
    Of dire necessity. John Milton, Agonistes.

    Skill’d to retire, and in retiring draw
    Hearts after them, tangl’d in amorous nets. John Milton.

    With subtile cobweb cheats,
    They’re catch’d in knotted law-like nets;
    In which when once they are entangl’d,
    The more they stir, the more they’re tangl’d. Hudibras.

    When my simple weakness strays,
    Tangled in forbidden ways:
    He, my shepherd! is my guide,
    He’s before me, on my side. Richard Crashaw.

  3. To Tangleverb

    To be entangled. Shrubs and tangling bushes had perpex’d All path of man or beast.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tanglenoun

    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. Tanglenoun

    to involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in lies

  3. Tangleverb

    to be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle

  4. Tanglenoun

    any large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria saccharina. See Kelp

  5. Tangle

    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

  6. Tangle

    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


  1. Tangle

    Tangle is the second album by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, released in 1989 through Thwart Productions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tangle

    tang′gl, n. a knot of things united confusedly: an edible seaweed: a perplexity, complication: (Scot.) any long hanging thing, even a lank person: an apparatus for dredging.—v.t. to unite together confusedly: to interweave: to ensnare, entangle.—n. Tang′lefoot (U.S.), whisky, &c.—adj. Tang′lesome (prov.), quarrelsome.—adv. Tang′lingly.—adj. Tang′ly, in a tangle: united confusedly: covered with tangle or seaweed. [Scand.; Dan. tang, Ice. thang, seaweed.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tangle

    Fucus digitatus, and other sea-weed, which are used as manure.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tangle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tangle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of tangle in a Sentence

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Unless and Until you showcase your love to someone else or others you have not yet started loving truly. For, it takes two or more to tangle or tango. That is to say, the impact of your love ought to be felt maximally by someone else or others. -Emeasoba George

  2. Ram Kishore Yadav:

    Look at that tangle of wires, i won't be surprised if another fire breaks out around here.

  3. Karlin Younger:

    I just happened to look down by sheer luck, and I noticed that by the recycling bin there was this tangle of wires.

  4. Ancient Chinese Proverb:

    An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle,but it will never break.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Feeling of love without expressing it is like wrapping a gift and yet refusing to give it out to someone whom it is meant for. And you ought to agree with me that an unpresented gift is never appreciated, unles­s and until it is presented to someone whom it is meant for. Now, that is to say true love is meant to be expressed orally, practically and otherwise. Oh! yes, love is more than just a feeling. So, it should be showcased or shared. I mean, mere feeling of love is incomplete, until and unless it is expressed or shared by cash, kind, gift wise or otherwise. Yes! y­ou heard me right, it takes two or more to tangle or tango. Therefore, let there be proofs of your love. -Emeasoba George

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  • verwirren, Wirrwarr, sich verstrickenGerman
  • πλέκωGreek
  • enmarañar, marañaSpanish
  • درهم و برهم کردنPersian
  • tapella, tappelu, riidellä, sotkea, riita, sotkeutua, sotkuuntua, sotku, vyyhtiFinnish
  • compliquer, emmêlerFrench
  • intrecciareItalian
  • ប្រទាក់, ធ្វើឲ្យប្រទាក់ចំពាក់គ្នា, ចំពាក់Khmer
  • kusutMalay
  • wirwar, verstrikkenDutch
  • zamęt, plątanina, konfliktPolish
  • enrolar-se, misturar, emaranhado, pegar, ser empurrado, capturar, emaranhar, embaraçarPortuguese
  • ссора, запутываться, клубок, путаница, конфликт, беспорядок, неразберихаRussian
  • gräl, bråk, bråka, konflikt, trassla, virrvarr, snärja, gräla, trasslig, oreda, insnärjd, röra, tampas, härva, tilltrasslad, bråte, trasselSwedish
  • ยุ่งเหยิงThai
  • ecramyî, s' ecomeler, s' ecramyî, ecomelerWalloon

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    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    • A. humility
    • B. equity
    • C. integrity
    • D. value

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