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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: in a confused mass; "pushed back her tangled hair"; "the
             tangled ropes" [ant: untangled]
      2: highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure";
         "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning";
         "intricate needlework"; "an intricate labyrinth of refined
         phraseology"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty
         problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh,
         what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous
         legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for
         months" [syn: Byzantine, convoluted, intricate, involved,
          knotty, labyrinthine, tortuous]