a twisted mass of something such as hair or thread:
Her hair was full of tangles after being out in the wind.
John was sitting on the floor in a tangle of blankets.
tangle of bushes/branches/vegetation etc
She followed him, pushing through the dense tangle of bushes and branches.
a confused state or situation
Her brain was teeming with a whole tangle of emotions.
a quarrel or fight
She got into a tangle with the staff.