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in·tri·cate

 (ĭn′trĭ-kĭt)
adj.
1. Having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate: an intricate pattern; an intricate procedure.
2. Difficult to understand, analyze, or solve for having many interconnected elements. See Synonyms at complex.

[Middle English, from Latin intrīcātus, past participle of intrīcāre, to entangle, perplex : in-, in; see in-2 + trīcae, perplexities, wiles.]

in′tri·cate·ly adv.
in′tri·cate·ness n.

intricate

(ˈɪntrɪkɪt)
adj
1. difficult to understand; obscure; complex; puzzling
2. entangled or involved: intricate patterns.
[C15: from Latin intrīcāre to entangle, perplex, from in-2 + trīcae trifles, perplexities]
ˈintricacy, ˈintricateness n
ˈintricately adv

in•tri•cate

(ˈɪn trɪ kɪt)

adj.
1. having many interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved.
2. hard to understand, work, or make; complex.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin intrīcātus, past participle of intrīcāre to entangle =in- in-2 + tricae perplexities]
in′tri•cate•ly, adv.
in′tri•cate•ness, n.

intricate

- From Latin in-, "into," and tricae, "tricks, perplexities."
See also related terms for tricks.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.intricate - having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate; "intricate lacework"
complex - complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"

intricate

intricate

adjective
1. Complexly detailed:
2. Difficult to understand because of intricacy:
Translations
složitý
indvikletkompliceret
flókinn
sudėtingai
komplicētssarežģīts

intricate

[ˈɪntrɪkɪt] ADJ [pattern, design, machinery] → intrincado; [plot, problem] → complejo

intricate

[ˈɪntrɪkət] adj [pattern, work] → complexe, finement ouvragé(e)
intricate patterns and motifs → des motifs et dessins finement ouvragés

intricate

adjkompliziert; (= involved also)verwickelt

intricate

[ˈɪntrɪkɪt] adj (plot, problem) → intricato/a, complicato/a; (pattern, machinery, mechanism) → complicato/a, complesso/a

intricate

(ˈintrikət) adjective
complicated. an intricate knitting pattern; intricate details.
ˈintricately adverb
ˈintricacyplural ˈintricacies noun
References in classic literature ?
Pile our things on her, while I get off these confounded skates," cried Laurie, wrapping his coat round Amy, and tugging away at the straps which never seemed so intricate before.
It was, of course, with a perfect understanding of the minute and intricate interests which had armed friend against friend, and brought natural enemies to combat by each other's side, that the scout and his companions now disposed themselves to deliberate on the measures that were to govern their future movements, amid so many jarring and savage races of men.
Next rose before her in memory's picture-gallery, the intricate and narrow thoroughfares, the tall, grey houses, the huge cathedrals, and the public edifices, ancient in date and quaint in architecture, of a continental city; where new life had awaited her, still in connexion with the mis-shapen scholar: a new life, but feeding itself on time-worn materials, like a tuft of green moss on a crumbling wall.
It is by endless subdivisions based upon the most inconclusive differences, that some departments of natural history become so repellingly intricate.
Holding by a shroud, Starbuck was standing on the quarter-deck; at every flash of the lightning glancing aloft, to see what additional disaster might have befallen the intricate hamper there; while Stubb and Flask were directing the men in the higher hoisting and firmer lashing of the boats.
The music had started up, and half a block away you could hear the dull "broom, broom" of a cello, with the squeaking of two fiddles which vied with each other in intricate and altitudinous gymnastics.
Away down on the level under the black mass of the Castle, the town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights; there were rows of lights on the bridges; these flung lances of light upon the water, in the black shadows of the arches; and away at the extremity of all this fairy spectacle blinked and glowed a massed multitude of gas-jets which seemed to cover acres of ground; it was as if all the diamonds in the world had been spread out there.
It was said that one might wander days and nights together through its intricate tangle of rifts and chasms, and never find the end of the cave; and that he might go down, and down, and still down, into the earth, and it was just the same -- labyrinth under labyrinth, and no end to any of them.
We went; following the superintendent's guidance, we had to thread some intricate passages, and mount a staircase before we reached her apartment; it contained a good fire, and looked cheerful.
After proceeding some miles on the highway, the carriage turned off, and the coachman involved himself in an intricate network of cross-roads.
Lorry, at length, in his most considerate and most affectionate way, "I am a mere man of business, and unfit to cope with such intricate and difficult matters.
The house fronts looked black enough, and the windows blacker, contrasting with the smooth white sheet of snow upon the roofs, and with the dirtier snow upon the ground; which last deposit had been ploughed up in deep furrows by the heavy wheels of carts and waggons; furrows that crossed and recrossed each other hundreds of times where the great streets branched off; and made intricate channels, hard to trace in the thick yellow mud and icy water.