Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth: "the labyrinthine corridors ... of bureaucratic red tape” ( William H. Hallahan).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Physically resembling a labyrinth; with the qualities of a maze.
  • adj. Twisting, convoluted, baffling, confusing, perplexing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or like, a labyrinth; labyrinthal; labyrinthian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or like a labyrinth; intricate; involved.

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

  • adj. relating to or affecting or originating in the inner ear
  • adj. resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity

Etymologies

From labyrinth +‎ -ine. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is that strange disquietude of the Gothic spirit that is its greatness; that restlessness of the dreaming mind, that wanders hither and thither among the niches, and flickers feverishly around the pinnacles, and frets and fades in labyrinthine knots and shadows along wall and roof, and yet is not satisfied, nor shall be satisfied.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • It is that strange disquietude of the Gothic spirit that is its greatness; that restlessness of the dreaming mind, that wanders hither and thither among the niches, and flickers feverishly around the pinnacles, and frets and fades in labyrinthine knots and shadows along wall and roof, and yet is not satisfied, nor shall be satisfied

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Of course, no matter the fantasies of Pentagon scientists and planners, such futuristic solutions will not replace U.S. reliance on massive firepower, even in labyrinthine cities, as was true with Tokyo during World War II, Pyongyang during the Korean War, Ben Tre in Vietnam, and the Sunni city of Fallujah during the current war in Iraq.

    Easter Lemming Liberal News

  • During my audio commentary for Bava's LISA AND THE DEVIL, to be released on October 23 as part of the MARIO BAVA COLLECTION VOLUME 2, I note -- as Lisa Elke Sommer exits the antiques shop and gets lost in a series of backstreets -- that some of the locations recall the labyrinthine passages of Karmingen, the fictional village where KILL, BABY...

    Archive 2007-09-16

  • He pointed past the ruptured cylinders, his memory recalling the labyrinthine passageways he had explored in his out-of-body search.

    Antrax

  • And the labyrinthine, which is the term my colleague used, is really the best word, the best point, in that NASA has gone for a very long time without going through the kind of organizational -- forgive the word, but organizational re-engineering that most major companies have had to go through in the last seven to ten years.

    Background Briefing On Space Station Plans

  • But when too many of the bets went bad, Wall Street persuaded the Treasury to construct bailouts that Taibbi describes as a labyrinthine financial sewage system designed to stick us all with the raw waste and pump clean water back to Wall

    NYT > Home Page

  • A stylistic throwback to classic 50's cinema as much as it is an operatic tragi-romance imbued with a kind of labyrinthine Lynchian madness, the film involves pseudo-science, religious overtones, split personalities, time travel devices, and Nazi-coveted superpowers, and that's just off the top of my head.

    Youth Without Youth (2007): A-

  • The article includes a graphic showing the "labyrinthine" path administrators have to take to dismiss a bad teacher.

    flashpoint

  • People view Mike Nelson's installation which turns the British Pavilion into a 'disorienting, dusty, crepuscular world full of labyrinthine passages'.

    UK Venice Biennale entry 'avoids Britishness'

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  • Perhaps that's what makes it seem labyrinthine. Give it some time, artbizness. :-)

    September 18, 2008

  • But it's not labyrinthine, it's very straightforward. :)

    September 18, 2008

  • (adj): relating to wordie.org interface.

    September 18, 2008