Entanglement En*tan"gle*ment, n. 1. State of being entangled; intricate and confused involution; that which entangles; intricacy; perplexity. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) An extensive low obstacle formed of stakes, stumps, or the like, connected by wires, ropes, or the like. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. (Naut.) An obstruction of cables and spars across a river or harbor entrance. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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