from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze.
- n. Greek Mythology The maze in which the Minotaur was confined.
- n. Something highly intricate or convoluted in character, composition, or construction: a labyrinth of rules and regulations.
- n. Anatomy A group of complex interconnecting anatomical cavities.
- n. Anatomy See inner ear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A maze, especially underground or covered.
- n. Part of the inner ear.
- n. Anything complicated and confusing, like a maze.
- v. To enclose in a labyrinth, or as though in a labyrinth.
- v. To arrange in the form of a labyrinth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An edifice or place full of intricate passageways which render it difficult to find the way from the interior to the entrance.
- n. Any intricate or involved inclosure; especially, an ornamental maze or inclosure in a park or garden, having high hedges separating confusingly convoluted passages.
- n. Any object or arrangement of an intricate or involved form, or having a very complicated nature.
- n. An inextricable or bewildering difficulty.
- n. The internal ear. See Note under Ear.
- n. A series of canals through which a stream of water is directed for suspending, carrying off, and depositing at different distances, the ground ore of a metal.
- n. A pattern or design representing a maze, -- often inlaid in the tiled floor of a church, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shut up, inclose, or entangle in or as in a maze or labyrinth.
- n. An intricate combination of passages running into one another from different directions, in which it is difficult or impossible to find the way from point to point, or to reach the place of exit from the interior, without a clue or guide; a maze.
- n. Any confused complication of objects, lines, ideas, etc.; any thing or subject characterized by intricate turnings or windings; a perplexity.
- n. The internal ear; the essential organ of hearing.
- n. In ornithology, same as tympanum, 2
- n. .—5. In mining, an apparatus used in concentrating or dressing slimes.
- n. A long chamber filled with deflectors or diaphragms placed alternately, used to cool and condense the fumes of mercury, other vapors, or smoke.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium
- n. complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost
They next went to what he called his labyrinth, which was a little walk he was cutting, zig-zag, through some brushwood, so low that no person above three foot height could be hid by it.
Finding the entrance to the labyrinth is not the simplest of steps, for I find myself separated from it by another labyrinth.
"Pensioner 'entomed in labyrinth of tunnels carved into rubbish'" (Thanks, Robert Pescovitz!)
The eleven-circuit labyrinth from the floor of Chartres Cathedral which Nancy uses has no dead ends or blind alleys to confuse or fool, the path always leads to your true self at the centre and followed outward, safely back to the rim.
It poked one foreclaw out and curled it over and over, beckoning them to follow it into the intricate maze of bushes beyond it known as the labyrinth.
Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path.
The essential facts are simply whether the labyrinth is cooled or warmed and what the position of the head is when the process takes place.
Our immigration law labyrinth is not only a factor in illegal immigration, it adversely affects our ability to bring the world’s “best and the brightest” to America.
Pan’s labyrinth is the opposite of a Hollywood movie: fantasy doesn’t save you or let you escape in a comforting world.
One woman called the labyrinth her "prayer village."
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