Definitions of labyrinth

  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.
  3. Any object or arrangement of an intricate or involved form, or having a very complicated nature.
  4. An inextricable or bewildering difficulty.
  5. The internal ear. See Note under Ear.
  6. A pattern or design representing a maze, - often inlaid in the tiled floor of a church, etc.
  7. A series of passages winding in and out of each other; a maze; a difficulty which cannot be solved; as, a labyrinth of doubt; the winding tubes of the inner ear.
  8. ( orig.) A building consisting of halls connected by intricate passages: a place full of inextricable windings: an inexplicable difficulty: the cavities of the internal ear.
  9. Place full of intricate windings; maze.
  10. A confusing network of paths or passages; maze. labyrinthian; labyrinthine.
  11. A structure, as that formed by Daedalos at Crete, composed of intricate winding passages, which render it difficult to find the way from the interior to the entrance; a maze; an inexplicable difficulty; the cavities of the internal ear; a series of troughs conveying water for washing pulverized ore in a stamping- mill.
  12. A place full of intricacies or inextricable windings; a maze; an inexplicable difficulty; the internal ear, from its complex structure.
  13. The complex internal ear, bony or membranous; the portions of kidney cortex with the uriniferous tubules; the tracheal tympanum.
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