• WordNet 3.6
    • v disentangle smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb "comb your hair before dinner","comb the wool"
    • v disentangle extricate from entanglement "Can you disentangle the cord?"
    • v disentangle separate the tangles of
    • v disentangle release from entanglement of difficulty "I cannot extricate myself from this task"
    • v disentangle free from involvement or entanglement "How can I disentangle myself from her personal affairs?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • disentangle To extricate from complication and perplexity; disengage from embarrassing connection or intermixture; to disembroil; to set free; to separate. "To disentangle truth from error.""To extricate and disentangle themselves out of this labyrinth.""A mind free and disentangled from all corporeal mixtures."
    • disentangle To free from entanglement; to release from a condition of being intricately and confusedly involved or interlaced; to reduce to orderly arrangement; to straighten out; as, to disentangle a skein of yarn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disentangle To free from entanglement; extricate from a state of involvement, disorder, or confusion: as, to disentangle a skein of thread, a mass of cordage, a set of accounts, or the affairs of a bankrupt firm.
    • disentangle To loose from that in or by which anything is entangled; extricate from whatever involves, perplexes, embarrasses, or confuses; disengage: as, to disentangle an object from a mass of twisted cord; to disentangle one's self from business, from political affairs, or from the cares and temptations of life.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disentangle dis-en-tang′gl to free from entanglement or disorder: to unravel: to disengage or set free
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In literature:

Among primitive societies the spheres of human and divine affairs were intermixed and identical; they could not be disentangled.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
I disentangled the boy as quickly as I could; but already he had several scratches over his face and hands.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Tony puffed and panted with the double weight; John disentangled the mesh and swore.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Dick had succeeded in disentangling Mrs. Hayter's arms and had escorted her to a seat.
"To Love" by Margaret Peterson
How should the tin be disentangled?
"The Island House" by F. M. Holmes
The thread of the life-story of Jesus is one which may be disentangled from those with which it is intertwined without any great difficulty.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
Still he was a good friend, and he was busy disentangling Jaime's business affairs.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
No, no no, my heart is fast, and cannot disentangle.
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
No unit of the social body can disentangle itself from existing conditions.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906" by Various
With the same view of saving your credit, Mr Ross was furnished with twenty thousand pounds sterling, to disentangle him.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various

In poetry:

To disentangle one clear wish
Not of her sex, she sought;
And womanish to womanish
Discerned in lighted thought.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
LESBIA. See the sun his disentangled
Golden tresses far extends
Over mountains, groves and gardens,
Showing that the day hath come.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
In pompous scales Free Will and Fate
Were placed, and poised, and dangled,
And riddles small from riddles great
Expertly disentangled.
"The Owl And The Lark" by Alfred Austin
Which came first, the egg or the rooster?
P.G.Wodehouse or Bertram Wooster?
I know hawk from handsaw, and Finn from Fiji,
But I can't disentangle Bertram from PG.
"PG Wooster, Just as he Useter" by Ogden Nash

In news:

Leatherback turtles disentangled in Cape Cod Bay .
Leatherback turtles disentangled in Cape Cod Bay.
Disentanglement of this patient's arm (below the tips of the tool) from the wreckage needs to be done before the victim can be extricated.
We hope that this epidemiological evidence may contribute to the on-going efforts to disentangle the complex pathways that lead to these serious illnesses...
Evangelical Protestantism in the United States is going through a New Reformation that is disentangling a great religious movement from a partisan political machine.
Buster Keaton is disentangling himself from the contrary bedsheet.

In science:

After disentangling the SUSY notation, one obtains dynamical equations for correlation and response functions (section VIII).
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
Disentangling those populations is not an easy task and doing so using just the present data would be rather speculative.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
In the case of Hamiltonians containing 2-spin, 3-spin, and higher interaction terms, the sums emerging from averaging over the disorder may be disentangled using the order parameter function .
Metastable configurations of spin models on random graphs
To disentangle possible causes of these anomalies, we take advantage of modecoupling fits.
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene
We argue that a diagram containing at least a pair of overlapping loops has a softer ε divergence than the equivalent diagram in which the overlapping loops have been disentangled.
Trapping of a random walk by diffusing traps