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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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Examples for maze
  • Its several political parties and the maze of their tribal ramifications promised a situation of singular confusion.
  • The stay against confusion implies a moment of clarity, a moment when you see through the maze.
  • Fisher sees maze design as a combination of three factors: structure, aesthetics and the puzzle.
  • The foreign students and scholars face a maze of federal.
  • It's that time of year again: yup, that's right, time to head outside and get lost in your local corn maze.
  • US-made electric cars face a maze of export restrictions.
  • Freeways begin to crisscross the land in a madhouse maze.
  • Children can walk--or more likely run--the maze created by the clipped boxwood hedges.
  • There is only one potentially complex part in the building process: the placing of the walls within the maze.
  • When a rat is running a particular maze, the electrical pattern produced in the hippocampus is specific to that maze.
British Dictionary definitions for maze

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 maze
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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