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maze

[meyz] /meɪz/
noun
1.
a confusing network of intercommunicating paths or passages; labyrinth.
2.
any complex system or arrangement that causes bewilderment, confusion, or perplexity:
Her petition was lost in a maze of bureaucratic red tape.
3.
a state of bewilderment or confusion.
4.
a winding movement, as in dancing.
verb (used with object), mazed, mazing.
5.
Chiefly Dialect. to daze, perplex, or stupefy.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English mase, noun use of aphetic variant of amasen to amaze
Related forms
mazedly
[meyzd-lee, mey-zid-] /ˈmeɪzd li, ˈmeɪ zɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
mazedness, noun
mazelike, adjective
intermaze, verb (used with object), intermazed, intermazing.
Can be confused
maize, maze.
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British Dictionary definitions for intermaze

maze

/meɪz/
noun
1.
a complex network of paths or passages, esp one with high hedges in a garden, designed to puzzle those walking through it Compare labyrinth (sense 1)
2.
a similar system represented diagrammatically as a pattern of lines
3.
any confusing network of streets, pathways, etc a maze of paths
4.
a state of confusion
verb
5.
an archaic or dialect word for amaze
Derived Forms
mazelike, adjective
mazement, noun
Word Origin
C13: see amaze
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Word Origin and History for intermaze
maze
c.1300, "delusion, bewilderment," possibly from O.E. *mæs, which is suggested by the compound amasod "amazed" (see amaze). Perhaps related to Norw. dial. mas "exhausting labor." Meaning "labyrinth" first recorded late 14c.
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