Labyrinth

Definition of Labyrinth

Lab´y`rinth
n.1.An edifice or place full of intricate passageways which render it difficult to find the way from the interior to the entrance; as, the Egyptian and Cretan labyrinths.
2.Any intricate or involved inclosure; especially, an ornamental maze or inclosure in a park or garden, having high hedges separating confusingly convoluted passages.
3.Any object or arrangement of an intricate or involved form, or having a very complicated nature.
The serpent . . . fast sleeping soon he found,
In labyrinth of many a round self-rolled.
- Milton.
The labyrinth of the mind.
- Tennyson.
4.An inextricable or bewildering difficulty.
I' the maze and winding labyrinths o' the world.
- Denham.
5.(Anat.) The internal ear. See Note under Ear.
6.(Metal.) A series of canals through which a stream of water is directed for suspending, carrying off, and depositing at different distances, the ground ore of a metal.
7.(Arch.) A pattern or design representing a maze, - often inlaid in the tiled floor of a church, etc.

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