Definitions of tangle

  1. To be entangled.
  2. To intertwine confusedly; snarl.
  3. To knot or snarl; to involve; as, to tangle oneself in excuses.
  4. To unite together confusedly: to interweave: to insnare.
  5. To be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle.
  6. To be entangled or involved.
  7. To be united confusedly; be insnared.
  8. tangle or complicate; " a ravelled story"
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. To unite or knit together confusedly; to interweave; to insnare; to embarrass.
  12. To knit together confusedly, as thread; so to interweave as to make it difficult to unravel.
  13. 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.
  14. To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in lies.
  15. Any large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria saccharina. See Kelp.
  16. A knot woven confusedly together; a snarl; a confused and puzzling situation.
  17. A knot of things united confusedly: an edible seaweed.
  18. An intricate or confused knot.
  19. A confused intertwining, as of thread; confusion.
  20. A knot of threads or other things united confusedly, and not easily disengaged; a kind of sea- weed. See Weed.
  21. A quantity of thread or other things confusedly intermingled.
  22. A broad- leaved sea- weed having long ribbon- shaped fronds, of a leathery colour and consistence, found growing under low- water mark; oarweed.