Definitions for tangle
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word tangle.
a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven
"they carved their way through the tangle of vines"
tangle, snarl, mazeverb
something jumbled or confused
"a tangle of government regulations"
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"
ravel, tangle, knotverb
tangle or complicate
"a ravelled story"
tousle, dishevel, tangleverb
disarrange or rumple; dishevel
"The strong wind tousled my hair"
entangle, tangle, mat, snarlverb
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
"The child entangled the cord"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
To be entangled. Shrubs and tangling bushes had perpex’d All path of man or beast.
A tangle generally refers to a state of being twisted or mixed up, referring to various physical objects or metaphorically to concepts or situations. Nonetheless, the term's specific definition can vary depending on its context. For instance, in mathematics, a tangle may refer to an arrangement of points and arcs. In hair care, a tangle refers to hair strands knotted together. In a broader sense, it can signify a complex or confused state of affairs.
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
Tangle is the second album by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, released in 1989 through Thwart Productions.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
Fucus digitatus, and other sea-weed, which are used as manure.
The numerical value of tangle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of tangle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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.
Look at that tangle of wires, i won't be surprised if another fire breaks out around here.
Nobody wants to accidentally tangle up a whale, we want to catch crab not anything else.
When one has come to accept a certain course as duty he has a pleasant sense of relief and of lifted responsibility, even if the course involves pain and renunciation. It is like obedience to some external authority; any clear way, though it lead to death, is mentally preferable to the tangle of uncertainty.
I just happened to look down by sheer luck, and I noticed that by the recycling bin there was this tangle of wires.
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- verwirren, Wirrwarr, sich verstrickenGerman
- enmarañar, marañaSpanish
- درهم و برهم کردنPersian
- tapella, tappelu, riidellä, sotkea, riita, sotkeutua, sotkuuntua, sotku, vyyhtiFinnish
- compliquer, emmêlerFrench
- ប្រទាក់, ធ្វើឲ្យប្រទាក់ចំពាក់គ្នា, ចំពាក់Khmer
- 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
- ecramyî, s' ecomeler, s' ecramyî, ecomelerWalloon
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