2012년 3월 3일 토요일

Dic: intricate


LDOCE: containing many small parts or details that all work or fit together

American Heritage:

  1. Having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate. (See Synonyms at elaborate)
  2. Solvable or comprehensible only with painstaking effort. (See Synonyms at complex )
Roget II Thesaurus:
  1. Difficult to understand because of intricacy (byzantine, complex, complicated, convoluted, daedal, Daedalian, elaborate, involute, involved, knotty, labyrinthine, tangled.) See SIMPLE.
  2. Complexly detailed (complicated, elaborate, fancy.) See PLAIN.

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Synonyms: complex, complicated, intricate, involved, tangled, knotty

These adjectives mean having parts so interconnected as to make the whole perplexing.
  • Complex implies a combination of many associated parts:
     ... The composer transformed a simple folk tune into a complex set of variations.
  • Complicated stresses elaborate relationship of parts:
     ... The party's complicated platform confused many voters.
  • Intricate refers to a pattern of intertwining parts that is difficult to follow or analyze:
     ... "No one could soar into a more intricate labyrinth of refined phraseology" (Anthony Trollope). 
  • Involved stresses confusion arising from the commingling of parts and the consequent difficulty of separating them:
     ... The movie's plot was criticized as being too involved.
  • Tangled strongly suggests the random twisting of many parts:
     ... "Oh, what a tangled web we weave,/When first we practice to deceive!" (Sir Walter Scott).
  • Knotty stresses intellectual complexity leading to difficulty of solution or comprehension:
     ... Even the professor couldn't clarify the knotty point.
....... American Heritage

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