labyrinthine

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪn, -θaɪn/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(lab′ə rinthin, -thēn)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lab•y•rin•thine  (lab′ə rinthin, -thēn),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a labyrinth.
  2. complicated; tortuous:the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.
Also,  lab•y•rin•thi•an  (lab′ə rinthin, -thēn),USA pronunciation  lab′y•rinthic.  lab′y•rinthi•cal•ly, adv. 
  • labyrinth + -ine1 1740–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
labyrinthine /ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn/ adj
  1. of or relating to a labyrinth
  2. resembling a labyrinth in complexity
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lab•y•rinth /ˈlæbərɪnθ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a complicated combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit:a labyrinth of small winding streets in the Old Quarter.
  2. a complicated arrangement or state of things or events:a labyrinth of government red tape.
lab•y•rin•thine /ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪn, -θaɪn/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lab•y•rinth  (labə rinth),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an intricate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit.
  2. a maze of paths bordered by high hedges, as in a park or garden, for the amusement of those who search for a way out.
  3. a complicated or tortuous arrangement, as of streets or buildings.
  4. any confusingly intricate state of things or events;
    a bewildering complex.
  5. Mythology(cap.) [Class. Myth.]a vast maze built in Crete by Daedalus, at the command of King Minos, to house the Minotaur.
  6. Anatomy
    • the internal ear, consisting of a bony portion (bony labyrinth) and a membranous portion(membranous labyrinth).
    • the aggregate of air chambers in the ethmoid bone, between the eye and the upper part of the nose.
  7. a mazelike pattern inlaid in the pavement of a church.
  8. Sound Reproductiona loudspeaker enclosure with air chambers at the rear for absorbing sound waves radiating in one direction so as to prevent their interference with waves radiated in another direction.
  • Medieval Latin laborintus, Latin, as above
  • Greek labýrinthos; replacing earlier laborynt
  • Latin labyrinthus
  • 1540–50

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