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 for tangle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tangle \Tan"gle\, v. i.
     To be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tangle \Tan"gle\, n.
     1. [Cf. Icel. [thorn]["o]ngull. See Tang seaweed.] (Bot.)
        Any large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria
        saccharina. See Kelp.
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              Coral and sea fan and tangle, the blooms and the
              palms of the ocean.                   --C. Kingsley.
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     2. [From Tangle, v.] 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.
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     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.
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     Blue tangle. (Bot.)See Dangleberry.
     Tangle picker (Zool.), the turnstone. [Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tangle \Tan"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tangled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Tangling.] [A frequentative fr. tang seaweed; hence, to
     twist like seaweed. See Tang seaweed, and cf. Tangle, n.]
     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.
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     2. To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in
        lies. "Tangled in amorous nets." --Milton.
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              When my simple weakness strays,
              Tangled in forbidden ways.            --Crashaw.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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: tangle, 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, tangle, sweep,
           sweep up, drag, drag in]
      2: tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story" [syn: ravel,
         tangle, knot] [ant: ravel, ravel out, unknot,
         unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle]
      3: disarrange or rumple; dishevel; "The strong wind tousled my
         hair" [syn: tousle, dishevel, tangle]
      4: twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child
         entangled the cord" [syn: entangle, tangle, mat,
         snarl] [ant: disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  159 Moby Thesaurus words for "tangle":
     Chinese puzzle, Gordian knot, Rube Goldberg contraption,
     a outrance, absorb, allure, bag, bait the hook, ball up,
     bandy with, battle, battle it out, birdlime, bump heads, burden,
     can of worms, catch, catch out, catch up, catch up in, coil,
     come up against, complex, complexity, complicate, complication,
     concern, confound, confuse, confusion, contend with, cope with,
     cramp, cripple, cross swords with, cumber, decoy, disagree with,
     dispute, draw in, embarrass, embrangle, embroil, encumber, engage,
     engage with, enmesh, ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entanglement,
     entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, enweb, exchange shots, fetter,
     fight against, fight like devils, fight with, foul, foul up, gin,
     gnarl, go to loggerheads, grapple with, hamper, hamstring,
     handicap, harpoon, have it out, hobble, hook, hook in, impede,
     implicate, interest, interlace, intertwine, intertwist, interweave,
     inveigle, involve, jam, jumble, jungle, kink, knot, labyrinth,
     lame, land, lasso, lime, lock horns, louse up, lumber, lure, maze,
     meander, measure swords with, medley, mesh, mess, mess up,
     mishmash, mix up, mix-up, morass, muck, muck up, muddle, nail, net,
     noose, perplex, press down, puzzle, ramify, ravel, rope, sack,
     saddle with, scramble, screw up, settle it, shackle, shuffle,
     skein, snafu, snag, snake pit, snare, snarl, snarl up, sniggle,
     spear, spread the toils, strive with, struggle with, suck into,
     take, tangle up with, tangle with, tangled skein, tilt with, toil,
     trammel, trap, trip, try conclusions with, twist, web, webwork,
     weigh down, wheels within wheels, wilderness, wind, wrestle with

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