from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate. See Synonyms at elaborate.
- adj. Solvable or comprehensible only with painstaking effort. See Synonyms at complex.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a great deal of fine detail or complexity.
- v. To become enmeshed or entangled.
- v. To enmesh or entangle: to cause to intricate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Entangled; involved; perplexed; complicated; difficult to understand, follow, arrange, or adjust
- transitive v. To entangle; to involve; to make perplexing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Perplexingly involved or entangled; hard to disentangle or disengage, or to trace out; complicated; obscure: as, an intricate knot; the intricate windings of a labyrinth; intricate accounts; the intricate plot of a tragedy.
- In entomology, having unequal elevations and depressions placed irregularly and close together, but without running into each other: said of a sculptured surface.
- To render intricate or involved; make perplexing or obscure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate
Middle English from Latin intrīcātus, past participle of intrīcāre, to entangle, perplex : in-, in; see in-2 + trīcae, perplexities, wiles.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin intricatus (past participle of intricare). (Wiktionary)
As the adjective; or by analogy with extricate (Wiktionary)