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EN-TAN'GLE, v.t. [from tangle.]

  1. To twist or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated; to make confused or disordered; as, thread, yarn or ropes may be entangled; to entangle the hair.
  2. To involve in any thing complicated, and from which it is difficult to extricate one's self; as, to entangle the feet in a net, or in briers.
  3. To lose in numerous or complicated involutions, as in a labyrinth.
  4. To involve in difficulties; to perplex; to embarrass; as, to entangle a nation in alliances.
  5. To puzzle; to bewilder; as, to entangle the understanding. Locke.
  6. To insnare by captious questions; to catch; to perplex; to involve in contradictions. The Pharisees took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. Math. xxii.
  7. To perplex or distract, as with cares. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life. 2 Tim. ii.
  8. To multiply intricacies and difficulties.

EN-TAN'GLED, pp. [or a.]

Twisted together; interwoven in a confused manner; intricate; perplexed; involved; embarassed; insnared.


Involution; a confused or disordered state; intricacy; perplexity. Locke.


One who entangles.


Involving; interweaving or interlocking in confusion; perplexing; insnaring.

EN-TASS'MENT, n. [Fr.]

A heap; accumulation.


Relating to all diseases characterized by tonic spasms.

EN-TEN'DER, v.t.

To treat with tenderness or kindness. Young.

EN'TER, v.i.

  1. To go or come in; to pass into; as, to enter into a country.
  2. To flow in; as, water enters into a ship.
  3. To pierce; to penetrate; as, a ball or an arrow enters into the body.
  4. To penetrate mentally; as, to enter into the principles of action.
  5. To engage in; as, to enter into business or service; to enter into visionary projects.
  6. To be initiated in; as, to enter into a taste of pleasure or magnificence. Addison.
  7. To be an ingredient; to form a constituent part. Lead enters into the composition of pewter.

EN'TER, v.t. [Fr. entrer, from entre, between, L. inter, intra, whence intro, to enter; It. entrare; Sp. entrar. The L. inter seems to be in, with the termination ter, as in subter, from sub.]

  1. To move or pass into a place, in any manner whatever; come or go in; to walk or ride in; to flow in; to pierce or penetrate. A man enters a house; an army enters a city or a camp; a river enters the sea; a sword enters the body; the air enters a room at every crevice.
  2. To advance into, in the progress of life; as, a youth has entered his tenth year.
  3. To begin in a business, employment or service; to enlist or engage in; as, the soldier entered the service at eighteen years of age.
  4. To become a member of; as, to enter college; to enter a society.
  5. To admit or introduce; as, the youth was entered a member of college.
  6. To set down in writing; to set an account in a book or register; as, the clerk entered the account or charge in the journal; he entered debt and credit at the time.
  7. To set down, as a name; to enroll; as, to enter a name in the enlistment.
  8. To lodge a manifest of goods at the custom house, and gain admittance or permission to land; as, to enter goods. We say also, to enter a ship at the custom house.


Mutual dealings. [Not in use.] Spenser.

EN'TER-ED, pp.

Moved in; come in; pierced; penetrated; admitted; introduced; set down in writing.


Entrance; a passing in. 1 Thes. i.

EN'TER-ING, ppr.

  1. Coming or going in; flowing in; piercing; penetrating; setting down in writing; enlisting; engaging.
  2. That begins, being the first act, leading to something else; as, an entering wedge.

EN-TER-I'TIS, n. [Gr. εντερον, intestine.]

An inflammation of the intestines.


EN'TER-O-CELE, n. [Gr. εντερον, intestine, and κηλη, tumor.]

In surgery, a hernial tumor in any situation, whose contents are intestine.

EN-TER-OL'O-GY, n. [Gr. εντερον, intestine, and λογος, discourse.]

A treatise or discourse on the bowels or internal parts of the body, usually including the contents of the head, breast and belly. Quincy.

EN-TER-OM'PHA-LOS, n. [Gr. εντερον, intestine, and ομφαλος, navel.]

An umbilical hernia whose contents are intestine.

EN-TER-PAR'LANCE, n. [Fr. εντρε, between, and parler, to speak.]

Parley; mutual talk or conversation; conference. Hayward.


EN'TER-PRISE, n. [s as z. Fr. from entreprendre, to undertake; entre, in or between, and prendre, to take, prise, a taking.]

That which is undertaken or attempted to be performed; an attempt; a project attempted; particularly, a bold, arduous or hazardous undertaking, either physical or moral. The attack on Stoney Point was a bold, but successful enterprise. The attempts to evangelize the heathen are noble enterprises. Their hands can not perform their enterprise. Job v.


To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform. The business must be enterprised this night. Dryden.


Undertaken; attempted; essayed.


An adventurer; one who undertakes any projected scheme, especially a bold or hazardous one; a person who engages in important or dangerous designs. Hayward.