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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An intricate, usually confusing network of interconnecting pathways, as in a garden; a labyrinth.
  • n. A physical situation in which it is easy to get lost: a maze of bureaucratic divisions.
  • n. A graphic puzzle, the solution of which is an uninterrupted path through an intricate pattern of line segments from a starting point to a goal.
  • n. Something made up of many confused or conflicting elements; a tangle: a maze of government regulations.
  • transitive v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To bewilder or astonish.
  • transitive v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To stupefy; daze. See Regional Note at possum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A labyrinth; a puzzle consisting of a complicated network of paths or passages, the aim of which is to find one's way.
  • n. Something made up of many confused or conflicting elements; a tangle.
  • n. Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; state of bewilderment.
  • v. to amaze, astonish, bewilder
  • v. to daze, stupefy, or confuse someone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wild fancy; a confused notion.
  • n. Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; state of bewilderment.
  • n. A confusing and baffling network, as of paths or passages; an intricacy; a labyrinth.
  • n. A complex and confusing system or set of rules that causes bwilderment.
  • intransitive v. To be bewildered.
  • transitive v. To perplex greatly; to bewilder; to astonish and confuse; to amaze.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To confuse; bewilder; amaze; especially, to confuse by intricacy.
  • To be bewildered, perplexed, or puzzled.
  • To wind intricately.
  • n. Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; bewilderment.
  • n. Anything intended to confuse or mislead; a snare; a deception.
  • n. A wild fancy; a confused notion; an error.
  • n. A baffling and confusing network of paths or passages; a labyrinth: as, the maze of Hampton Court in England; a winding and turning; hence, a perplexed or embarrassing state of things; intricate disorder; entanglement: as, he found affairs all in a maze.
  • n. Wonder; matter of wonder or curiosity.
  • n. A variant of mease, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost
  • n. something jumbled or confused

Etymologies

Middle English mase, confusion, maze, from masen, to confuse, daze, from Old English āmasian, to confound; see amaze.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English mase, from an aphetic variant of Middle English masen ("to perplex, bewilder"), or perhaps from Old English *mæs "delusion, bewilderment". Akin to Old English āmasian ("to perplex, confound"), Icelandic masa ("to chatter"). More at amaze. (Wiktionary)

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