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lab·y·rin·thine

 (lăb′ə-rĭn′thĭn, -thēn′) or lab·y·rin·thi·an (-thē-ən)
adj.
Relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth: "the labyrinthine corridors ... of bureaucratic red tape" (William H. Hallahan).

labyrinthine

(ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn) ,

labyrinthian

or

labyrinthic

adj
1. of or relating to a labyrinth
2. resembling a labyrinth in complexity
ˌlabyˈrinthically adv

lab•y•rin•thine

(ˌlæb əˈrɪn θɪn, -θin)

also lab•y•rin•thi•an

(-θi ən)

lab`y•rin′thic,



adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a labyrinth.
2. complicated; tortuous: labyrinthine reasoning.
[1740–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.labyrinthine - relating to or affecting or originating in the inner ear; "labyrinthine deafness"
2.labyrinthine - resembling a labyrinth in form or complexitylabyrinthine - 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"

labyrinthine

adjective
1. mazelike, winding, tangled, intricate, tortuous, convoluted, mazy The streets of the Old City are narrow and labyrinthine.
2. complex, puzzling, perplexing, involved, confused, tortuous, Byzantine, convoluted, knotty, Gordian, Daedalian his failure to understand the labyrinthine complexities of the situation

labyrinthine

adjective
Difficult to understand because of intricacy:
Translations

labyrinthine

[ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn] ADJlaberíntico

labyrinthine

[ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn] adj
[streets, passages, paths] → labyrinthique
[structure, bureaucracy, process] → labyrinthique

labyrinthine

adjlabyrinthisch (also fig), → labyrinthähnlich

labyrinthine

[ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn] (frm) adjlabirintico/a

lab·y·rin·thine

a. laberíntico-a, rel. a un laberinto;
___ arteryarteria ___;
___ fistulafístula ___;
___ nystagmusnistagmo ___;
___ veinsvenas ___;
___ vertigovértigo ___.
References in classic literature ?
All day long the blazing midsummer sun beat down upon that square mile of abominations: upon tens of thousands of cattle crowded into pens whose wooden floors stank and steamed contagion; upon bare, blistering, cinder-strewn railroad tracks, and huge blocks of dingy meat factories, whose labyrinthine passages defied a breath of fresh air to penetrate them; and there were not merely rivers of hot blood, and car-loads of moist flesh, and rendering vats and soap caldrons, glue factories and fertilizer tanks, that smelt like the craters of hell--there were also tons of garbage festering in the sun, and the greasy laundry of the workers hung out to dry, and dining rooms littered with food and black with flies, and toilet rooms that were open sewers.
The jailers had all left to join the fighters in the throne room, so we searched the labyrinthine prison without opposition.
With a farewell glance toward his beloved Korak he turned and followed the she ape into the labyrinthine mazes of the wood.
Arthur's shadow flitted rather faster among the sturdy oaks of the Chase than might have been expected from the shadow of a tired man on a warm afternoon, and it was still scarcely four o'clock when he stood before the tall narrow gate leading into the delicious labyrinthine wood which skirted one side of the Chase, and which was called Fir-tree Grove, not because the firs were many, but because they were few.
We had no means of making a light, and so groped our way slowly into the ever-increasing darkness, Tars Tarkas keeping in touch with one wall while I felt along the other, while, to prevent our wandering into diverging branches and becoming separated or lost in some intricate and labyrinthine maze, we clasped hands.
These two great thoroughfares intersected by the two first, formed the canvas upon which reposed, knotted and crowded together on every hand, the labyrinthine network of the streets of Paris.
Casaubon's mind, seeing reflected there in vague labyrinthine extension every quality she herself brought; had opened much of her own experience to him, and had understood from him the scope of his great work, also of attractively labyrinthine extent.
We were approaching another range of mountains at the time, and when we reached them, instead of winding across them through some high-flung pass we entered a mighty natural tunnel--a series of labyrinthine grottoes, dark as Erebus.
Werper was upon his feet now, gazing, white and trembling, at the fate which had overtaken him even in the fastness of the labyrinthine jungle.
It was only too evident that these creatures possessed no gentle or chivalric sentiments to which she could appeal, and that she might escape from the labyrinthine mazes of their underground burrows appeared impossible.
After considerable difficulty we gained what we thought was our cave, only to find that it was not, and then we realized that we were lost in the labyrinthine mazes of the great cavern.
None were deeper in that labyrinthine ambition, in chamber within chamber of that palace of lies that was built up around Mary Queen of Scots.