tan·gle /ˈtæŋgəl/ 名詞
1. Bot. Any large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria saccharina. See Kelp.
Coral and sea fan and tangle, the blooms and the palms of the ocean. --C. Kingsley.
2. 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.
3. pl. 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.
Blue tangle. Bot.See Dangleberry.
Tangle picker Zool., the turnstone. [Prov. Eng.]
Tan·gle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tangled p. pr. & vb. n. Tangling ]
1. 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.
2. To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in lies. “Tangled in amorous nets.”
When my simple weakness strays,
Tangled in forbidden ways. --Crashaw.
Tan·gle, v. i. To be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle.
n 1: a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven; "they
carved their way through the tangle of vines"
2: something jumbled or confused; "a tangle of government
regulations" [syn: snarl, maze]
v 1: 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" [syn: embroil, sweep, sweep
up, drag, drag in]
2: tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story" [syn: ravel, knot]
[ant: unravel, unravel]
3: disarrange or rumple; dishevel; "The strong wind tousled my
hair" [syn: tousle, dishevel]
4: twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child
entangled the cord" [syn: entangle, mat, snarl]
[ant: disentangle, disentangle]