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1. Planned or executed with painstaking attention to numerous parts or details: an elaborate scheme.
2. Intricate and rich in detail: a carpet with an elaborate pattern.
v. (ĭ-lăb′ə-rāt′) e·lab·o·rat·ed, e·lab·o·rat·ing, e·lab·o·rates
1. To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly: elaborated a theory of social organization.
2. To produce or compose (a substance, for example) from simpler elements.
To explain something at greater length or in greater detail: asked me to elaborate on my proposal.

[Latin ēlabōrātus, past participle of ēlabōrāre, to work out : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + labōrāre, to work (from labor, work).]

e·lab′o·rate·ly adv.
e·lab′o·rate·ness n.
e·lab′o·ra′tion n.
e·lab′o·ra′tor n.
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Noun1.elaborateness - marked by elaborately complex detail
complexity, complexness - the quality of being intricate and compounded; "he enjoyed the complexity of modern computers"
2.elaborateness - an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
flamboyance, floridity, floridness, showiness - extravagant elaborateness; "he wrote with great flamboyance"
fussiness - unnecessary elaborateness in details
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(= comply)Kompliziertheit f; (of cooking, ceremony, design)Aufwändigkeit f, → Aufwendigkeit f; (of scheme)groß angelegte Art; (of precautions, plan)Umfang m; (= sophisticated nature: of plans, preparations) → Ausführlichkeit f
(= ornateness, lavishness)kunstvolle Art
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Strange as it seems in the author of these masterpieces of frank realism, Jonson at the same time was showing himself the most gifted writer of the Court masks, which now, arrived at the last period of their evolution, were reaching the extreme of spectacular elaborateness. Early in James' reign, therefore, Jonson was made Court Poet, and during the next thirty years he produced about forty masks, devoting to them much attention and care, and quarreling violently with Inigo Jones, the Court architect, who contrived the stage settings.
It is wonderful with what elaborateness this simple fact is advertised -- this piscine murder will out -- and from my distant perch I distinguish the circling undulations when they are half a dozen rods in diameter.
Narrative complexity can be seen as a way of accounting for the elaborateness of the content and structure of key autobiographical scenes, and because more complex (multiple, conflicting) narrative accounts of the L2 learning experience result in more explicit attempts to understand events and ascribe meaning to these various experiences, what we have previously referred to as autobiographical reasoning, this offers one way of establishing a developmentally-oriented index (i.e., one that informs future learning and ongoing development) of learners' narrative accounts of the L2 learning experience.
According to Brian Boyd, Nabokov was unable to accept that "the undirected randomness of natural selection would ever explain the elaborateness of nature's designs" (Boyd, American Years 37).
The urna is shorn of the ornate elaborateness of its materiality, to foreground the very gestures it fundamentally performs: that of exhibiting, of upstaging and of framing.
Versace Home steers away from the grandeur and elaborateness that is usually associated with the brand.
13) The total situation today necessitates the retrieval of the Zen ethos and aesthetic, characterized by emptiness instead of clutter, leisureliness rather than busyness, simplicity as opposed to elaborateness, English elegance as against Italian overdressedness.
Pinter consciously imitated the language of his literary ancestors and contemporaries, and he wanted to impress the reader with his erudition and talent through elaborateness combined with peculiarity.
If you are not familiar with the work of the Iranian illustrator Vafaian, it is elaborateness and great detail that set her works apart from everybody else.
Our prices [$10 to $18] depend on the closeness of the quilting lines and elaborateness of design for the work is perfectly done on all quilts." (80)
Indeed, given the elaborateness of the rules around judicial power, federal as well as State, coupled with the extreme poverty of jurisprudence surrounding the limitation on federal heads of power under s 51 since 1920, it is tempting to think that a historian, rather than a lawyer, seeking to describe the Court's achievements over its history might say that it has virtually, if not wholly abandoned the task it was primarily intended to do, namely enforce federal limits on power, while devoting itself narcissistically to the policing of the boundary between itself and other Courts, on the one hand, and the rest of the governmental apparatus on the other.