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 (lăb′ə-rĭn′thĭn, -thēn′) or lab·y·rin·thi·an (-thē-ən)
Relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth: "the labyrinthine corridors ... of bureaucratic red tape" (William H. Hallahan).
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Adj.1.labyrinthian - resembling a labyrinth in form or complexitylabyrinthian - resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity; "a labyrinthine network of tortuous footpaths"
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"
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His brother Frederick of the dim eye, palsied hand, bent form, and groping mind, submissively shuffled at his side, accepting his patronage as he accepted every incident of the labyrinthian world in which he had got lost.
But there was some substantial bulk of it behind, buried in the trees, which had a gray, labyrinthian look, like serpents of stone, and lifted a load of leafy towers to the sky.
In this book Fine shines with visionary capability to relay to the Jewish and non- Jewish reader the nuanced complexity of the symbolism of the menorah, yet not losing the reader in a Borgean labyrinthian maze of details, because always does the master craftsman author visionarily see the forest for the trees, to give a perspective with interdisciplinary connections that offer the reader innumerable insights and enlighten the mind with expanded consciousness.
From natural to amorphous shapes, and from intricate and labyrinthian lines to stark geometric forms, Hall traces the artist's development.
The transition Crumey makes over his first three novels, however, from labyrinthian to harmonic structures, as predicated on reference to a variety of eighteenth-century thinkers, gestures to a new way of reading.
The labyrinthian hallways of Les Halles were a meeting point for youths from the suburbs for years -- a thorn in the eye of the city officials.
Ohm David's set design makes it clear that this is a dark and ponderous world, formed by labyrinthian yet open hallways where Mary journeys, Archie hides, and their separate memories emerge and sometimes collide.
THE labyrinthian plot of this Peter James thriller takes you down several blind alleys before the real killer is unmasked.
Their house was a big, new, blocky thing that looked just like the other houses in the subdivision, with parts and pieces stuck on in different spots to create the illusion of variety, in a new, labyrinthian subdivision where all the streets were named after Civil War battlegrounds.
Darwin would have never published "On the Origin of Species" had he known about DNA or the labyrinthian complexity of one DNA molecule.
Critique: Exceptionally well researched, organized and presented, "Hog's Exit: Jerry Daniels, the Hmong, and the CIA" offers a unique insight into labyrinthian politics.
The labyrinthian accounting of some conglomerates does not always allow the identification of other Latin Holdcos that have also grown explosively in the last few years.