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.
2. To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in
lies. "Tangled in amorous nets." --Milton.
When my simple weakness strays,
Tangled in forbidden ways. --Crashaw.