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TAN'GLE, verb transitive

1. To implicate; to unite or knit together confusedly; to interweave or interlock, as threads, so as to make it difficult to ravel the knot.

2. To ensnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in the folds of dire necessity.

Tangled in amorous nets.

3. To embroil; to embarrass.

When my simple weakness strays,

Tangled in forbidden ways.

[Entangle, the compound, is the more elegant word.]

TAN'GLE, verb intransitive To be entangled or united confusedly.

TAN'GLE, noun A knot of threads or other things united confusedly, or so interwoven as not to be easily disengaged; as hair or yarn in tangled.

1. A kind of sea weed.