Meaning of tangle

tan•gle

Pronunciation: (tang'gul), [key]
— v., n. -gled, -gling,
—v.t.
  1. to bring together into a mass of confusedly interlaced or intertwisted threads, strands, or other like parts; snarl.
  2. to involve in something that hampers, obstructs, or overgrows: The bushes were tangled with vines.
  3. to catch and hold in or as if in a net or snare.
—v.i.
  1. to be or become tangled.
  2. to come into conflict; fight or argue: I don't want to tangle with him over the new ruling.
—n.
  1. a tangled condition or situation.
  2. a tangled or confused mass or assemblage of something.
  3. a confused jumble: a tangle of contradictory statements.
  4. a conflict; disagreement: He got into a tangle with the governor.

tan•gle

Pronunciation: (tang'gul), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several large seaweeds of the genus Laminaria.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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