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See also: Labyrinth
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlab.(ə)ɹ.ɪnθ/, /ˈlab.ɪ.ɹɪnθ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈlæb.ɚ.ɪnθ/, /ˈlæb.ɹɪnθ/
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labyrinth (plural labyrinths)
- (Greek mythology) A maze-like structure built by Daedalus in Knossos, containing the Minotaur.
- (anatomy) Part of the inner ear.
- (figuratively) Anything complicated and confusing, like a maze.
- 2014 August 23, Neil Hegarty, “Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin by Karl Whitney, review: 'a necessary corrective' [print version: Re-Joycing in Dublin, p. R25]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review):
- Whitney is absorbed especially by Dublin's unglamorous interstitial zones: the new housing estates and labyrinths of roads, watercourses and railways where the city peters into its commuter belt.
- Any of various satyrine butterflies of the genus Neope.
- cochlear labyrinth
- cortical labyrinth
- ethmoidal labyrinth
- labyrinth seal
- membranous labyrinth
- olfactory labyrinth
- osseous labyrinth
- prayer labyrinth
- unicursal labyrinth
- vestibular labyrinth
part of inner ear
anything complicated or confusing
- To enclose in a labyrinth, or as though in a labyrinth.
- To arrange in the form of a labyrinth.
- 1898, Missionary Review of the World - Volume 21, page 178:
- It is said to have been labyrinthed by secret exits and cunning contrivances to facilitate the escape of fugitives from the law.
- 1963, Water & Sewage Works - Volume 110, page 43:
- By labyrinthing, close axial running clearances can be increased without reducing efficiency.
- 1998, Peter E. Stott, Giuseppe Gorini, Paolo Prandoni, Diagnostics for Experimental Thermonuclear Fusion Reactors:
- In the ports the transmission path is often labyrinthed through shielding but the peculiar requirement of straight beams has been considered.
- 2011, Peter Capper, James Garland, Mercury Cadmium Telluride: Growth, Properties and Applications:
- The element illustrated has been 'labyrinthed' to improve its performance.
- To twist and wind, following a labyrinthine path.
- 1917, Harry Alverson Franck, Vagabonding Down the Andes, page 313:
- We labyrinthed through it, meeting scores of panty-clad and moccasined Indians and barefoot women and girls toiling marketward under atrocious burdens; for the day was Sunday.
- 2000, James Cook, Counter-Clockwise, page 90:
- Hands clasped together, Linda and Ron walked through the huge doorway leading to the hall that would labyrinth it's way to the parking lot.
- 2017, Mahvesh Murad, Jared Shurin, Neil Gaiman, The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories:
- I'm far from home, labyrinthing through unfamiliar alleys, before I find the right house.
- To render lost and confused, as if in a labyrinth.
- 1886, Pliny A. Durant, History of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, page 52:
- They arrive at their different destinations long before day, and make their attack about day-break, and seldom fail to kill or make prisoners of the whole family, as the people know nothing of the matter until they are thus labyrinthed.
- 1951, New Mexico Quarterly - Volumes 21-22:
- He favored, he said, "a kind of half-sleep where I labyrinthed myself."
- 1995, Patrick Waddington, Theirs but to do and die, page 148:
- Above all, he flatters the men by emphasising their numerical victory: a British regiment may have turned into a troop, but it left behind it 'labyrinthed legions' of dead Russians.