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entanglement

[en-tang-guh l-muh nt] /ɛnˈtæŋ gəl mənt/
noun
1.
the act of entangling.
2.
the state of being entangled.
3.
something that entangles; snare; involvement; complication.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; entangle + -ment
Related forms
interentanglement, noun
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  • But the biggest threats to these whales are collisions with shipping vessels and entanglement in fishing gear.
  • The state of one of these photons was inextricably linked with that of the other through a process known as quantum entanglement.
  • He didn't give advantage, and couldn't take the gamble of a foolish entanglement-not now, anyway.
  • Entirely all right and equably maintained entanglement directory.
  • Organic evolution only hints at the extent of my entanglement with the entire inorganic and organic whole of reality.
  • Room-temperature entanglement seems to be a by-product of the process of harvesting light.
  • The technique relies on the strange quantum phenomenon called entanglement, in which two particles share the same existence.
  • Quantum entanglement is such a mainstay of modern physics that it is worth reflecting on how long it took to emerge.
  • The quantum phenomenon known as entanglement keeps spreading its arms to hold ever more particles in its spooky embrace.
  • entanglement could make state-of-the art clocks more precise.
British Dictionary definitions for entanglement

entanglement

/ɪnˈtæŋɡəlmənt/
noun
1.
something that entangles or is itself entangled
2.
a sexual relationship regarded as unfortunate, damaging, or compromising
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Word Origin and History for entanglement
n.

1640s, from entangle + -ment. Foreign entanglements does not appear as such in Washington's Farewell Address, though he nonetheless warns against them. The phrase is found in William Coxe's 1798 memoirs of Sir Robert Walpole.

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