Tan"gle, n. 1. [Cf. Icel.
þöngull. See Tang seaweed.] (Bot.) Any
large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria saccharina. See
Coral and sea fan and tangle, the blooms and the
palms of the ocean. C. Kingsley.
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.
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
(Zoöl.), the turnstone. [Prov. Eng.]
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.
2. To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be
tangled in lies. "Tangled in amorous nets."
When my simple weakness strays, Crashaw.
Tangled in forbidden ways.
Tan"gle, v. i. To be entangled or united
confusedly; to get in a tangle.