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Wordnet 3.0


1. having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate;
- Example: "intricate lacework"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] His style was fit to convey the most intricate business to the understanding with the utmost clearness. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Intricate \In"tri*cate\, v. t. To entangle; to involve; to make perplexing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It makes men troublesome, and intricates all wise discourses. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

intricate adj 1: having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate; "intricate lacework"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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