Tangle vs Twin - What's the difference?

tangle | twin |

As nouns the difference between tangle and twin

is that tangle is a tangled twisted mass or tangle can be any large type of seaweed, especially a species of laminaria while twin is (baseball) a player that plays for the.

As a verb tangle

is to become mixed together or intertwined.



(wikipedia tangle)

Etymology 1

Origin uncertain; apparently a variant form of (tagle).


  • to become mixed together or intertwined
  • Her hair was tangled from a day in the wind.
  • to be forced into some kind of situation
  • to enter into an argument, conflict, dispute, or fight
  • Don't tangle with someone three times your size.
    He tangled with the law.
  • to mix together or intertwine
  • to catch and hold
  • * Milton
  • Tangled in amorous nets.
  • * Crashaw
  • When my simple weakness strays, / Tangled in forbidden ways.
    * (to become mixed together or intertwined) dishevel, tousle * (to be forced into some kind of situation) drag, drag in, embroil, sweep, sweep up * argue, conflict, dispute, fight * (to mix together or intertwine) entangle, knot, mat, snarl * (to catch and hold) entrap
    * (to mix together or intertwine) untangle, unsnarl


    (en noun)
  • A tangled twisted mass.
  • A complicated or confused state or condition.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.}}
  • An argument, conflict, dispute, or fight.
  • (mathematics) A region of the projection of a knot such that the knot crosses its perimeter exactly four times.
  • Synonyms
    * (tangled twisted mass) knot, mess, snarl * (complicated or confused state or condition) maze, snarl * argument, conflict, dispute, fight

    Etymology 2

    Of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian tongul, Faroese tongul, Icelandic .


    (en noun)
  • Any large type of seaweed, especially a species of Laminaria .
  • * 1849 , , In Memoriam , 10:
  • Than if with thee the roaring wells / Should gulf him fathom-deep in brine; / And hands so often clasped in mine, / Should toss with tangle and with shells.
  • (in the plural) An instrument consisting essentiallly 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.
  • twin


    Alternative forms

    * twynne (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • Either of two people (or, less commonly, animals) who shared the same uterus at the same time; one who was born at the same birth as a sibling.
  • Either of two similar or closely related objects, entities etc.
  • A room in a hotel, guesthouse, etc. with two beds; a twin room.
  • (US) A twin size mattress or a bed designed for such a mattress.
  • A twin crystal.
  • (modifier) Forming a pair of twins.
  • the twin boys
  • (modifier) Forming a matched pair.
  • twin socks

    Derived terms

    * conjoined twin * identical twin * Siamese twin *twincest


    * twindle, twinling, doublet (in the sense of twins and triplets)

    See also

    * twyndyllyng * (hotel room) single, double * twain


  • (transitive, obsolete, outside, Scotland) To separate, divide.
  • (intransitive, obsolete, outside, Scotland) To split, part; to go away, depart.
  • (usually in the passive) To join, unite; to form links between (now especially of two places in different countries).
  • Placetown in England is twinned with Machinville in France.
    For example, Coventry twinned with Dresden as an act of peace and reconciliation, both cities having been heavily bombed during the war.
  • * Tennyson
  • Still we moved / Together, twinned , as horse's ear and eye.
  • To give birth to twins.
  • * 1874 , Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
  • “I’ve run to tell ye,” said the junior shepherd, supporting his exhausted youthful frame against the doorpost, “that you must come directly. Two more ewes have twinned — that’s what’s the matter, Shepherd Oak.”
  • (obsolete) To be born at the same birth.
  • (Shakespeare)

    See also

    * sister city