Definitions for: Intricate


[adj] highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "intricate needlework"; "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"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


In"tri*cate, v. t.
To entangle; to involve; to make perplexing. [Obs.]

It makes men troublesome, and intricates all wise
discourses. --Jer. Taylor.

Synonyms: Byzantine, complex, convoluted, involved, knotty, labyrinthine, tangled, tortuous

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