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Definition of tangle:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Any large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria saccharina. See Kelp.
  4. To be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle.
  5. To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in lies.
  6. 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.


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