from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; snarl.
- transitive v. To complicate; confuse.
- transitive v. To involve in or as if in a tangle. See Synonyms at catch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To tangle; to twist or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated; to make confused and intricate; as, to entangle yarn or the hair.
- v. To involve in such complications as to render extrication difficult; hence, metaphorically, to insnare; to perplex; to bewilder; to puzzle; as, to entangle the feet in a net, or in briers.
- v. To involve in difficulties or embarrassments; to embarrass, puzzle, or distract by adverse or perplexing circumstances, interests, demands, etc.; to hamper; to bewilder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To twist or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated; to make tangled, confused, and intricate.
- transitive v. To involve in such complications as to render extrication a bewildering difficulty; hence, metaphorically, to insnare; to perplex; to bewilder; to puzzle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To tangle; intermix the parts of confusedly; make confused or disordered: as, to entangle the hair. See tangle.
- To insnare; involve, so as to render extrication difficult; subject to constraining or bewildering complications: as, to entangle fish in the meshes of a net; to entangle a person in a labyrinth.
- To involve in difficulties or embarrassments; embarrass, puzzle, or distract by adverse or perplexing circumstances, interests, demands, etc.; hamper; bewilder.
- Synonyms To tangle, knot, snarl, mat.
- Involve, etc. See implicate.
- To confuse, mystify.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. entrap
- v. twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
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Rome, and appeals were upon all occasions made to his court; and the same mischiefs, and a thousand worse, would those bring upon us who would again entangle us in that yoke of bondage.
In the "Orsay group", the descriptions were soon developed to apply also to polymers in more concentrated solutions, in which the various chains can partly "entangle" themselves, and in high concentrations in pure melts of polymers.
Scientists also can "entangle" the two qubits, a quantum phenomenon that links the pair's properties even when the ions are physically separated.
By combining two squeezed entities, scientists can "entangle" them, linking their properties in predictable ways that are useful in quantum computing and communications.
"entangle" two atoms approximately one meter away from each other.
The UN will try to entangle any activity, no matter how small, with rules, standards, mandates, etc.
The explicit resurrection of Arthur and Lancelot (and Guinevere reincarnated as a Canadian) sat rather more uneasily in Kay's fantasy world than his previous plundering of Celtic and Germanic folklore, and the various plot strands are not always easy to entangle, particularly in The Wandering Fire.
In fact, researchers recently showed Nature 2009 that pairs of ions could be coaxed to entangle so their physical properties remained bound together even when separated by large distances, as if there was no space or time between them.
In 1990's "A Home at the End of the World," a gay male, a straight male and a straight female entangle themselves in a love triangle, but the novel is a vision of family, not a stoking of scandal.
Even though Hermolaus did not implicate the historian under torture, it was no trouble to entangle Callisthenes in the plot, given that he was friendly with all the pages.
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