AskDefine | Define intricate

Dictionary Definition

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" [syn: Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, labyrinthine, tangled, tortuous]

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From intricatus (past participle of intricare).



  1. having a great deal of fine detail or complexity
    She performed an intricate dance step.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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