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tan·gle 1

 (tăng′gəl)
v. tan·gled, tan·gling, tan·gles
v.tr.
1. To mix together or intertwine in a confused mass; snarl: The fishing lines from the two boats were tangled.
2. To catch or ensnare in an intertwined or confused mass: A turtle was tangled in the fishing net.
3. To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage: He got tangled up in a scheme to commit fraud.
v.intr.
1. To be or become entangled.
2. Informal To enter into argument, dispute, or conflict: tangled with the law.
n.
1. A confused, intertwined mass: a tangle of blood vessels.
2. A jumbled or confused state or condition: a tangle of conflicting reports.
3. Informal An argument or altercation.

[Middle English tangilen, to involve in an embarrassing situation, variant of tagilen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialectal taggla, to entangle.]

tan′gly adj.

tan·gle 2

 (tăng′gəl)
n.
Any of several large edible seaweeds, especially a kelp.

[Of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse thöngull, seaweed.]

tangle

(ˈtæŋɡəl)
n
1. a confused or complicated mass of hairs, lines, fibres, etc, knotted or coiled together
2. a complicated problem, condition, or situation
vb
3. to become or cause to become twisted together in a confused mass
4. (often foll by: with) to come into conflict; contend: to tangle with the police.
5. (tr) to involve in matters which hinder or confuse: to tangle someone in a shady deal.
6. (tr) to ensnare or trap, as in a net
[C14 tangilen, variant of tagilen, probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect taggla to entangle]
ˈtanglement n
ˈtangler n
ˈtangly adj

tangle

(ˈtæŋɡəl) or

tangleweed

n
(Plants) alternative names (esp Scot) for oarweed
[C16: of Scandinavian origin: compare Danish tang seaweed]

tan•gle1

(ˈtæŋ gəl)

v. -gled, -gling,
n. v.t.
1. to bring together into a mass of confusedly interlaced or intertwisted strands; snarl.
2. to involve in something that hampers, obstructs, or overgrows.
3. to catch and hold in or as if in a net or snare.
v.i.
4. to be or become tangled.
5. to come into conflict; fight or argue.
n.
6. a tangled condition or situation.
7. a tangled mass; snarl.
8. a confused jumble; maze.
9. a conflict; disagreement.
[1300–50; Middle English ta(n)gilen to entangle]
tan′gle•ment, n.
tan′gler, n.
tan′gly, adv.

tan•gle2

(ˈtæŋ gəl)

n.
any of several large seaweeds of the genus Laminaria.
[1530–40; < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse thǫngull strand of tangle, Norwegian tang]

Tangle

 a knot of threads or other items in confused piles.
Examples: tangles of courts, 1861; of creepers, 1842; of facts and figures, 1883; of metaphysics, 1858; of low scrubby oaks, 1873; of serpent tresses, 1819; of words, 1866.

tangle


Past participle: tangled
Gerund: tangling

Imperative
tangle
tangle
Present
I tangle
you tangle
he/she/it tangles
we tangle
you tangle
they tangle
Preterite
I tangled
you tangled
he/she/it tangled
we tangled
you tangled
they tangled
Present Continuous
I am tangling
you are tangling
he/she/it is tangling
we are tangling
you are tangling
they are tangling
Present Perfect
I have tangled
you have tangled
he/she/it has tangled
we have tangled
you have tangled
they have tangled
Past Continuous
I was tangling
you were tangling
he/she/it was tangling
we were tangling
you were tangling
they were tangling
Past Perfect
I had tangled
you had tangled
he/she/it had tangled
we had tangled
you had tangled
they had tangled
Future
I will tangle
you will tangle
he/she/it will tangle
we will tangle
you will tangle
they will tangle
Future Perfect
I will have tangled
you will have tangled
he/she/it will have tangled
we will have tangled
you will have tangled
they will have tangled
Future Continuous
I will be tangling
you will be tangling
he/she/it will be tangling
we will be tangling
you will be tangling
they will be tangling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tangling
you have been tangling
he/she/it has been tangling
we have been tangling
you have been tangling
they have been tangling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tangling
you will have been tangling
he/she/it will have been tangling
we will have been tangling
you will have been tangling
they will have been tangling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tangling
you had been tangling
he/she/it had been tangling
we had been tangling
you had been tangling
they had been tangling
Conditional
I would tangle
you would tangle
he/she/it would tangle
we would tangle
you would tangle
they would tangle
Past Conditional
I would have tangled
you would have tangled
he/she/it would have tangled
we would have tangled
you would have tangled
they would have tangled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tangle - a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoventangle - a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven; "they carved their way through the tangle of vines"
natural object - an object occurring naturally; not made by man
hair ball, hairball, trichobezoar - a compact mass of hair that forms in the alimentary canal (especially in the stomach of animals as a result of licking fur)
shag - a matted tangle of hair or fiber; "the dog's woolly shag"
2.tangle - something jumbled or confused; "a tangle of government regulations"
perplexity - trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
Verb1.tangle - 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"
involve - engage as a participant; "Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
2.tangle - tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story"
interlace, intertwine, lace, twine, enlace, entwine - spin,wind, or twist together; "intertwine the ribbons"; "Twine the threads into a rope"; "intertwined hearts"
3.tangle - disarrange or rumpletangle - disarrange or rumple; dishevel; "The strong wind tousled my hair"
disarrange - destroy the arrangement or order of; "My son disarranged the papers on my desk"
4.tangle - twist together or entwine into a confusing masstangle - twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord"
distort, twine, twist - form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"
felt - mat together and make felt-like; "felt the wool"
enmesh, ensnarl, mesh - entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh

tangle

noun
1. knot, mass, twist, web, jungle, mat, coil, snarl, mesh, ravel, entanglement a tangle of wires
2. mess, jam, fix (informal), confusion, complication, maze, mix-up, shambles, labyrinth, entanglement, imbroglio I was thinking what a tangle we had got ourselves into.
verb
2. (sometimes with up) entangle, catch, ensnare, entrap Animals get tangled in fishing nets and drown.
3. confuse, mix up, muddle, jumble, scramble Themes get tangled in his elliptical storytelling.
tangle something or someone up (usually passive)
1. entangle, catch, trap, snare, ensnare Sheep keep getting tangled up in the wire.
2. mix up, involve, implicate, embroil, drag into, mire He tried to avoid getting tangled up in any awkward situations.
tangle with someone come into conflict with, come up against, cross swords with, dispute with, contend with, contest with, lock horns with They are not the first bank to tangle with the taxman recently.

tangle

verb
1. To twist together so that separation is difficult:
2. To make complex, intricate, or perplexing:
3. To gain control of or an advantage over by or as if by trapping:
4. Informal. To engage in a quarrel:
Informal: hassle.
noun
1. Something that is intricately and often bewilderingly complex:
2. Informal. A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed:
Informal: hassle, rhubarb.
Translations
تَشابُك، تَعَقُّديَشْبِك
pocuchatspleťzamotatzměť
sammenfiltre
gubancösszegubancol
flækja
įsivelti į ginčą susuraizgytisusiraizgytisusivėlęssusivelti
ērkulisjuceklissamudžināt
spleťzamotať
zamešatizaplestizmešnjava
arap saçına döndürmekarap saçına dönmüş şey

tangle

[ˈtæŋgl]
A. N (in hair) → enredo m, maraña f; [of streets] → laberinto m (fig) (= muddle) → enredo m, lío m
a tangle of weedsuna maraña de malas hierbas
a tangle of wooluna maraña de lana
to be in a tangle [hair, thread] → estar enredado
the sheets were in a tanglelas sábanas estaban hechas una maraña
I'm in a tangle with the accountsme he hecho un lío con las cuentas
to get into a tangle [hair, thread] → enredarse
I got into a tangle with the policeme metí en un lío con la policía
B. VT (also tangle up) → enredar, enmarañar
C. VI (also tangle up) → enredarse, enmarañarse
to tangle with sth/sb (fig) → meterse en algo/con algn

tangle

[ˈtæŋgəl]
n
[wires, string, rope, hair, sheets, weeds, branches, undergrowth] → enchevêtrement m
a tangle of wires → un enchevêtrement de câbles
to be in a tangle [string, wires, hair] → être emmêlé(e)
to get in a tangle [string, wires, hair] → s'emmêler
(= confusion) → enchevêtrement m
to get o.s. in a tangle → être en pleine confusion
We had got ourselves in a tangle → Nous étions en pleine confusion.
to be in a tangle [person] → être en pleine confusion; [situation, financial affairs] → être un sac de nœuds
My tax affairs were in a complete tangle → Mes affaires fiscales étaient un véritable sac de nœuds.
vt [+ sheets, wires] → emmêler
to be tangled [wires, string, sheets, hair] → être emmêlé(e)
to get tangled [wires, string, sheets, hair] → s'emmêler
Animals get tangled in fishing nets and drown → Les animaux s'emmêlent dans les filets de pêche et se noient.
vi [hair] → s'emmêler; [string] → s'emmêler
tangle up
vt [+ sheets, wires, string] → s'emmêler
to be tangled up [wires, string, sheets] → être emmêlé(e)
to get tangled up [wires, string, sheets] → s'emmêler

tangle

n
(lit)Gewirr nt; the string was in a tangledie Schnur hatte sich verheddert; the tangles in her hairihr verheddertes Haar; to get into a tanglesich verheddern
(fig: = muddle) → Wirrwarr m, → Durcheinander nt; to get into a tanglesich verheddern; I’m in such a tangle with my tax formsich komme bei meinen Steuerformularen überhaupt nicht klar; she has got herself into an emotional tanglesie hat sich gefühlsmäßig verstrickt
(fig: = trouble) → Ärger m, → Schwierigkeiten pl; she’s in a real tangle this timediesmal hat sie sich aber böse hineingeritten; he got into a tangle with the policeer ist mit der Polizei aneinandergeraten, er hat Schwierigkeiten mit der Polizei gehabt
vt (lit, fig)verwirren, durcheinanderbringen; wool, string alsoverheddern; hairdurcheinanderbringen; to get tangled (lit, fig)sich verheddern; (ropes) → sich verknoten; a tangled webein Gespinst nt

tangle

[ˈtæŋgl]
1. n (of wool, wire) → groviglio; (in hair) → nodo (fig) (muddle) → confusione f
to get into a tangle (gen) → aggrovigliarsi (hair) → arruffarsi (person) → combinare un pasticcio
2. vt (also tangle up) → aggrovigliare; (hair) → arruffare
3. viaggrovigliarsi; (hair) → ingarbugliarsi
to tangle with sb (fig) (fam) → azzuffarsi con qn

tangle

(ˈtӕŋgl) noun
an untidy, confused or knotted state. The child's hair was in a tangle.
verb
to make or become tangled. Don't tangle my wool when I'm knitting.
ˈtangled adjective
in a tangle. tangled hair/branches; Her hair is always tangled.
tangle with
to become involved in a quarrel or struggle with (a person etc). I tangled with him over politics.

tan·gle

n. enredo, confusión;
vr. enredarse; confundirse.
References in classic literature ?
It would have been easy to get into a sad, wild tangle about how much I might betray; but the real account, I feel, of the hours of peace that I could still enjoy was that the immediate charm of my companions was a beguilement still effective even under the shadow of the possibility that it was studied.
As the least tangle or kink in the coiling would, in running out, infallibly take somebody's arm, leg, or entire body off, the utmost precaution is used in stowing the line in its tub.
Here and there would be a bridge crossing a filthy creek, with hard-baked mud shores and dingy sheds and docks along it; here and there would be a railroad crossing, with a tangle of switches, and locomotives puffing, and rattling freight cars filing by; here and there would be a great factory, a dingy building with innumerable windows in it, and immense volumes of smoke pouring from the chimneys, darkening the air above and making filthy the earth beneath.
I got lost in a tangle of narrow and crooked streets, and stayed lost for an hour or two.
And now and then they stooped in a group and splashed water in each other's faces with their palms, gradually approach- ing each other, with averted faces to avoid the stran- gling sprays, and finally gripping and struggling till the best man ducked his neighbor, and then they all went under in a tangle of white legs and arms and came up blowing, sputtering, laughing, and gasping for breath at one and the same time.
And everybody crowded back to Uncle Silas's little old church, and was ever so loving and kind to him and the family and couldn't do enough for them; and Uncle Silas he preached them the blamedest jumbledest idiotic sermons you ever struck, and would tangle you up so you couldn't find your way home in daylight; but the people never let on but what they thought it was the clearest and brightest and elegantest sermons that ever was; and they would set there and cry, for love and pity; but, by George, they give me the jim-jams and the fan-tods and caked up what brains I had, and turned them solid; but by and by they loved the old man's intellects back into him again, and he was as sound in his skull as ever he was, which ain't no flattery, I reckon.
It was this hazy tangle from tree to tree which made it all look so mysterious.
Lorry, the passenger, shaking himself out of it in chains of straw, a tangle of shaggy wrapper, flapping hat, and muddy legs, was rather like a larger sort of dog.
I hardly know which is myself and which the butcher, we are always in such a tangle and tussle, knocking about upon the trodden grass.
He took out his black pipe and was going to fill it with negrohead, when, looking at the tangle of tobacco in his hand, he seemed to think it might perplex the thread of his narrative.
Now they passed down the forest paths and hid in the tangle of the thickets at the head of the darksome glen, one on each side of the glen.
le Vicomte for accepting death, I returned, after giving him a word of encouragement, to my panel, but I had made the mistake of taking a few steps while speaking and, in the tangle of the illusive forest, I was no longer able to find my panel for certain