Definitions for: Maze


[n] complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost
[n] something jumbled or confused; "a tangle of government regulations"



Webster (1913) Definition: Maze, n. [OE. mase; cf. OE. masen to confuse, puzzle,
Norweg. masast to fall into a slumber, masa to be continually
busy, prate, chatter, Icel. masa to chatter, dial. Sw. masa
to bask, be slow, work slowly and lazily, mas slow, lazy.]
1. A wild fancy; a confused notion. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

2. Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; state of
bewilderment.

3. A confusing and baffling network, as of paths or passages;
an intricacy; a labyrinth. ``Quaint mazes on the wanton
green.'' --Shak.

Or down the tempting maze of Shawford brook.
--Wordaworth.

The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate, Puzzled
with mazes, and perplexed with error. --Addison.

Syn: Labyrinth; intricacy. See Labyrinth.


Maze, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mazed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Mazing.]
To perplex greatly; to bewilder; to astonish and confuse; to
amaze. --South.


Maze, v. i.
To be bewildered. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Synonyms: labyrinth, snarl, tangle

See Also: perplexity, system

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