There are 2 definitions of tangle in English:

tangle1

Line breaks: tan¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈtaŋɡ(ə)l
 
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verb

1 [with object] Twist together into a confused mass: the broom somehow got tangled up in my long skirt
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  • Soon the rings and cans get all tangled together, and you have a huge mess inside the cooler.
  • Her hair hung in clumps down her back, tangled together and being blown in the wind.
  • We liked to think that the story of Australia is not one, but many tangled together.
Synonyms
entangle, snarl, catch, entwine, intertwine, intertwist, twist, ravel, knot, enmesh, coil, mat, jumble, muddleravelled, entangled, snarled (up), entwined, intertwisted, twisted, knotted, knotty, enmeshed, coiled, matted, tangly, messy, muddled; tousled, uncombed, unkempt, ratty
informal mussed up
1.1Make (something) complicated or confused: a ploy to tangle matters even further
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  • Unsurprisingly, nothing is what it seems as his play tangles its way to a quadruple-cross conclusion.
  • The communications industry is becoming an increasingly tangled web.
  • Like the whole tangled story of the casa nostra, the new Mafia museum contains more secrets than meets the eye.
Synonyms
2 [no object] (tangle with) informal Become involved in a conflict or fight with: they usually come a cropper when they tangle with the heavy mobs
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  • He got himself involved in an unsightly tangle with the home striker and both were sent off.
  • Still, they are highly imaginative and even funny, involving the team's tangle with a cosmic bureaucracy known as the Time Variance Authority.
  • But this time he has abandoned the fickle movie industry and veered into the music business, tangling with Russian mobsters and gangster rappers and taking a talented, feisty young singer named Linda Moon under his wing.
Synonyms
come into conflict, become involved, have a dispute, dispute, argue, quarrel, fight, row, wrangle, squabble, contend, cross swords, lock horns

noun

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1A confused mass of something twisted together: a tangle of golden hair
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  • His brown hair was an unruly mass of tangles and knots.
  • As always when she woke up, her hair was a mass of tangles.
  • Her hair was a mass of tangles, sand and sweat caked to her scalp.
Synonyms
snarl, mass, mat, cluster, knot, mesh, disorder, thatch, web
1.1A confused or complicated state; a muddle: the home team’s defence got into an awful tangle
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  • The reason for the delay is the mess ministers are making of the terrible tangle of complicated regulations in an already rotten piece of legislation.
  • The real evil is the muddle, the tangle of evasions, words, intrigues by which he instinctively seeks to dodge reality.
  • I'm sure a few of you may be getting individual mails about this at some point in the future, but it's a complicated tangle, and I really don't want to go there.
Synonyms
muddle, jumble, mix-up, confusion, entanglement, mishmash, shambles, scramble
2 informal A fight, argument, or disagreement: she got into a tangle with staff
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  • It is left to India and China, who have in the past, frittered away their most creative energies in wars and conflicts to rise above their tangles and claim the economic leadership that he is fast abandoning.
  • However, since May 2000 the company has been mothballed over ongoing legal tussles and tangles.
  • Akin to the Rapunzel character in the classic Grimm fairy tale, the long tresses of this 12th class student from Kollam nearly got her into a serious tangle.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'entangle, catch in a tangle'): probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish dialect taggla 'disarrange'.

Derivatives

tangly

adjective (tanglier, tangliest)
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  • To me the plant called to mind a giant jungle of a cheese plant in the corner, with huge luxuriant leaves on tangly, ropey stems, streaming out of a giant clay pot and taking over half of the room all the way up to the ceiling.
  • We had set off on a romp and a ramble through tangly woods and snow dusted fields and had found ourselves standing on molehills and wondering just exactly where we were.
  • So, in your case I'd say wet it in the morning (wash it without products) and then wash it post workout with shampoo and, if you actually think it's useful (I do not unless you have really long / tangly hair), conditioner.

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Pronunciation: ˌɪntəˈniːsʌɪn
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There are 2 definitions of tangle in English:

tangle2

Line breaks: tan¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈtaŋɡ(ə)l
 
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noun

[mass noun]
Any of a number of brown seaweeds, especially oarweed.
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  • An entirely natural extract, it is based on seaweed or tangle, widely available around Scotland's shores and islands.
  • With low tides, tangle is the first of the kelps to be exposed by the tide.
  • Kelps are generally larger than the wracks and the most common, known as Tangle or Oarweed, Laminaria digitata, grows up to 3 – 4 metres long.

Origin

mid 16th century: probably from Norwegian tongul.

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