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intricate


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Intricate  \In"tri*cate\,  a.  [L.  intricatus  p.  p.  of  intricare 
  to  entangle,  perplex.  Cf  {Intrigue},  {Extricate}.] 
  Entangled;  involved;  perplexed;  complicated;  difficult  to 
  understand,  follow  arrange,  or  adjust  as  intricate 
  machinery,  labyrinths,  accounts,  plots,  etc 
 
  His  style  was  fit  to  convey  the  most  intricate  business 
  to  the  understanding  with  the  utmost  clearness. 
  --Addison. 
 
  The  nature  of  man  is  intricate.  --Burke. 
 
  Syn:  {Intricate},  {Complex},  {Complicated}. 
 
  Usage:  A  thing  is  complex  when  it  is  made  up  of  parts  it  is 
  complicated  when  those  parts  are  so  many  or  so 
  arranged,  as  to  make  it  difficult  to  grasp  them  it  is 
  intricate  when  it  has  numerous  windings  and  confused 
  involutions  which  it  is  hard  to  follow  out  What  is 
  complex  must  be  resolved  into  its  parts  what  is 
  complicated  must  be  drawn  out  and  developed;  what  is 
  intricate  must  be  unraveled. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Intricate  \In"tri*cate\,  v.  t. 
  To  entangle;  to  involve;  to  make  perplexing.  [Obs.] 
 
  It  makes  men  troublesome,  and  intricates  all  wise 
  discourses.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  intricate 
  adj  1:  highly  involved  or  intricate;  "the  Byzantine  tax  structure"; 
  "convoluted  legal  language";  "convoluted  reasoning"; 
  "an  intricate  labyrinth  of  refined  phraseology";  "the 
  plot  was  too  involved";  "a  knotty  problem";  "got  his 
  way  by  labyrinthine  maneuvering";  "Oh,  what  a  tangled 
  web  we  weave"-  Sir  Walter  Scott;  "tortuous  legal 
  procedures";  "tortuous  negotiations  lasting  for 
  months"  [syn:  {Byzantine},  {convoluted},  {involved},  {knotty}, 
  {labyrinthine},  {tangled},  {tortuous}] 
  2:  marked  by  complexity  and  richness  of  detail;  "an  elaborate 
  lace  pattern";  "intricate  needlework"  [syn:  {elaborate},  {luxuriant}] 




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