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lab·y·rinth

 (lăb′ə-rĭnth′)
n.
1.
a. An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze.
b. Labyrinth Greek Mythology The maze in which the Minotaur was confined.
2. A design consisting of a single unbranching but highly convoluted path leading from the outside to the center of a usually circular or square space.
3. Something highly intricate or convoluted in character, composition, or construction: a labyrinth of rules and regulations.
4. Anatomy
a. A group of complex interconnecting anatomical cavities.
b. See inner ear.

[Middle English laberinthe, from Latin labyrinthus, from Greek laburinthos; possibly akin to labrus, double-headed axe (used as a ritual weapon and a sign of authority in Minoan civilization, so that Greek laburinthos may originally have designated a Minoan palace as "the house of the double-headed axe"), of Lydian origin.]

labyrinth

(ˈlæbərɪnθ)
n
1. a mazelike network of tunnels, chambers, or paths, either natural or man-made. Compare maze1
2. any complex or confusing system of streets, passages, etc
3. a complex or intricate situation
4. (Anatomy)
a. any system of interconnecting cavities, esp those comprising the internal ear
b. another name for internal ear
5. (Electronics) electronics an enclosure behind a high-performance loudspeaker, consisting of a series of air chambers designed to absorb unwanted sound waves
[C16: via Latin from Greek laburinthos, of obscure origin]

Labyrinth

(ˈlæbərɪnθ)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a huge maze constructed for King Minos in Crete by Daedalus to contain the Minotaur

lab•y•rinth

(ˈlæb ə rɪnθ)

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.
3. a complicated or tortuous arrangement or state of things or events; a bewildering complex.
4.
a. the bony cavity or membranous part of the inner ear.
b. the aggregate of air chambers in the ethmoid bone, between the eye and the upper part of the nose.
[1540–50; earlier laborynt < Medieval Latin laborintus, Latin labyrinthus < Greek labýrinthos]

lab·y·rinth

(lăb′ə-rĭnth′)
The system of tubes and spaces that make up the inner ear of many vertebrate animals.

Labyrinth

 an intricate, complicated, or tortuous arrangement.
Examples: labyrinth of islands, 1778; of peristyles and pediments, 1873; of rivulets and canals, 1777; of scattered suburbs, 1843; of small veins and arteries, 1615.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.labyrinth - complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lostlabyrinth - complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost
system - instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity; "he bought a new stereo system"; "the system consists of a motor and a small computer"
2.labyrinth - a complex system of interconnecting cavitieslabyrinth - a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium
neuroepithelium - epithelium associated with special sense organs and containing sensory nerve endings
sense organ, sensory receptor, receptor - an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
auditory apparatus - all of the components of the organ of hearing including the outer and middle and inner ears
membranous labyrinth - the sensory structures of the inner ear including the labyrinthine receptors and the cochlea; contained within the bony labyrinth
bony labyrinth, osseous labyrinth - cavity in the petrous part of the temporal bone that contains the membranous labyrinth
endolymph - the bodily fluid that fills the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear
perilymph - the bodily fluid that fills the space between the bony labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear
semicircular canal - one of three tube loops filled with fluid and in planes nearly at right angles with one another; concerned with equilibrium
cochlea - the snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the organ of Corti
artery of the labyrinth, internal auditory artery, labyrinthine artery - an artery that is a branch of the basilar artery that supplies the labyrinth
internal auditory vein, labyrinthine vein - veins that drain the inner ear

labyrinth

noun
1. maze, jungle, tangle, coil, snarl, entanglement a labyrinth of corridors
2. intricacy, puzzle, complexity, riddle, complication, tangle, maze, entanglement, perplexity, convolution, knotty problem a labyrinth of conflicting political interpretations

labyrinth

noun
Something that is intricately and often bewilderingly complex:
Translations
تيه، مَتاهَه
labyrint
labyrint
labirinto
labyrinttisokkelo
labirint
völundarhús
미로
labirintas
labirints
błędniklabirynt
labirint
labyrint

labyrinth

[ˈlæbərɪnθ] Nlaberinto m

labyrinth

[ˈlæbərɪnθ] nlabyrinthe m, dédale m

labyrinth

n (lit, fig)Labyrinth nt

labyrinth

[ˈlæbɪrɪnθ] nlabirinto

labyrinth

(ˈlӕbərinθ) noun
a place full of long, winding passages; a maze.

lab·y·rinth

n. laberinto.
1. red de conductos del oído interno cuya función relaciona la audición con el equilibrio del cuerpo;
2. conductos y cavidades que forman un sistema comunicándose entre sí.

labyrinth

n (anat) laberinto
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Jo accepted it with a smile, for she had never outgrown her liking for lads, and soon found herself involved in the usual labyrinth of love, mystery, and murder, for the story belonged to that class of light literature in which the passions have a holiday, and when the author's invention fails, a grand catastrophe clears the stage of one half the dramatis personae, leaving the other half to exult over their downfall.
But Hester could not resolve the query, using herself in a dismal labyrinth of doubt.
Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win his way to the heart of a country coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were forever presenting new difficulties and impediments; and he had to encounter a host of fearful adversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portal to her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in the common cause against any new competitor.
The counterpane was of patchwork, full of odd little parti-colored squares and triangles; and this arm of his tattooed all over with an interminable Cretan labyrinth of a figure, no two parts of which were of one precise shade --owing I suppose to his keeping his arm at sea unmethodically in sun and shade, his shirt sleeves irregularly rolled up at various times --this same arm of his, I say, looked for all the world like a strip of that same patchwork quilt.
Between his ribs and on each side of his spine he is supplied with a remarkable involved Cretan labyrinth of vermicelli-like vessels, which vessels, when he quits the surface, are completely distended with oxygenated blood.
Emmeline did not faint, and succeeded in plunging, with Cassy, into a part of the labyrinth of swamp, so deep and dark that it was perfectly hopeless for Legree to think of following them, without assistance.
Every few steps other lofty and still narrower crevices branched from it on either hand -- for McDougal's cave was but a vast labyrinth of crooked aisles that ran into each other and out again and led nowhere.
Southward of this venerable structure lies the street labyrinth of Lambeth; and nearly midway, in that part of the maze of houses which is placed nearest to the river, runs the dingy double row of buildings now, as in former days, known by the name of Vauxhall Walk.
I mention this in this place, of a fixed purpose, because it is the clue by which I am to be followed into my poor labyrinth.
Behind this again were the Emposeni, the place of the king's women, the guard-house, the labyrinth, and the Intunkulu, the house of the king.
Farr off from these a slow and silent stream, LETHE the River of Oblivion roules Her watrie Labyrinth, whereof who drinks, Forthwith his former state and being forgets, Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
I don't know what I expected, but I went out and wandered eastward, soon losing my way in a labyrinth of grimy streets and black grassless squares.