What does labyrinth mean?

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ˈlæb ə rɪnθlabyrinth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maze, labyrinth(noun)

    complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost

  2. inner ear, internal ear, labyrinth(noun)

    a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium

Wiktionary

  1. labyrinth(Noun)

    A maze, especially underground or covered.

    Etymology: From labyrinthus, from λαβύρινθος (labýrinthos) 'maze', possibly from an Anatolian language (compare Lydian labrys 'double-edged axe' and -inthos typical of Anatolian placenames), although the actual etymology of labyrinth is still a matter of conjecture.

  2. labyrinth(Noun)

    Part of the inner ear.

    Etymology: From labyrinthus, from λαβύρινθος (labýrinthos) 'maze', possibly from an Anatolian language (compare Lydian labrys 'double-edged axe' and -inthos typical of Anatolian placenames), although the actual etymology of labyrinth is still a matter of conjecture.

  3. labyrinth(Noun)

    Anything complicated and confusing, like a maze.

    Etymology: From labyrinthus, from λαβύρινθος (labýrinthos) 'maze', possibly from an Anatolian language (compare Lydian labrys 'double-edged axe' and -inthos typical of Anatolian placenames), although the actual etymology of labyrinth is still a matter of conjecture.

  4. labyrinth(Verb)

    To enclose in a labyrinth, or as though in a labyrinth.

    Etymology: From labyrinthus, from λαβύρινθος (labýrinthos) 'maze', possibly from an Anatolian language (compare Lydian labrys 'double-edged axe' and -inthos typical of Anatolian placenames), although the actual etymology of labyrinth is still a matter of conjecture.

  5. labyrinth(Verb)

    To arrange in the form of a labyrinth.

    Etymology: From labyrinthus, from λαβύρινθος (labýrinthos) 'maze', possibly from an Anatolian language (compare Lydian labrys 'double-edged axe' and -inthos typical of Anatolian placenames), although the actual etymology of labyrinth is still a matter of conjecture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Labyrinth(noun)

    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. Labyrinth(noun)

    any intricate or involved inclosure; especially, an ornamental maze or inclosure in a park or garden

  3. Labyrinth(noun)

    any object or arrangement of an intricate or involved form, or having a very complicated nature

  4. Labyrinth(noun)

    an inextricable or bewildering difficulty

  5. Labyrinth(noun)

    the internal ear. See Note under Ear

  6. Labyrinth(noun)

    a series of canals through which a stream of water is directed for suspending, carrying off, and depositing at different distances, the ground ore of a metal

  7. Labyrinth(noun)

    a pattern or design representing a maze, -- often inlaid in the tiled floor of a church, etc

Freebase

  1. Labyrinth

    In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, a mythical creature that was half man and half bull and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it. Theseus was aided by Ariadne, who provided him with a skein of thread, literally the "clew", or "clue", so he could find his way out again. In colloquial English, labyrinth is generally synonymous with maze, but many contemporary scholars observe a distinction between the two: maze refers to a complex branching puzzle with choices of path and direction; while a single-path labyrinth has only a single, non-branching path, which leads to the center. A labyrinth in this sense has an unambiguous route to the center and back and is not designed to be difficult to navigate. Although early Cretan coins occasionally exhibit multicursal patterns, the unicursal seven-course "Classical" design became associated with the Labyrinth on coins as early as 430 BC, and became widely used to represent the Labyrinth – even though both logic and literary descriptions make it clear that the Minotaur was trapped in a complex branching maze. Even as the designs became more elaborate, visual depictions of the Labyrinth from Roman times until the Renaissance are almost invariably unicursal. Branching mazes were reintroduced only when garden mazes became popular during the Renaissance.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Labyrinth

    lab′i-rinth, n. a place full of inextricable windings: (orig.) a building consisting of halls connected by intricate passages: an arrangement of tortuous passages in which it is difficult to find the way out: an inexplicable difficulty, a perplexity: (anat.) the cavities of the internal ear.—adjs. Labyrinth′al, Labyrinth′ian, Labyrinth′ine, pertaining to or like a labyrinth: winding: intricate: perplexing; Labyrinth′iform, having the form of a labyrinth: intricate.—n. Labyrinth′odon, a race of extinct gigantic amphibians found in the Permian, Carboniferous, and Triassic strata, so called from the mazy pattern exhibited on a transverse section of the teeth of some genera. [Fr. labyrinthe—L. labyrinthus—Gr. labyrinthos; akin to laura, a passage.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Labyrinth

    a name given to sundry structures composed of winding passages so intricate as to render it difficult to find the way out, and sometimes in. Of these structures the most remarkable were those of Egypt and of Crete. The Egyptian to the E. of Lake Moeris, consisted of an endless number of dark chambers, connected by a maze of passages into which it was difficult to find entrance; and the Cretan, built by Dædalus, at the instance of Minos, to imprison the Minotaur, out of which one who entered could not find his way out again unless by means of a skein of thread. It was by means of this, provided him by Ariadne, Perseus (q. v.) found his way out after slaying the Minotaur (q. v.).

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of labyrinth in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of labyrinth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of labyrinth in a Sentence

  1. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    A city is a concrete labyrinth in which our mind is lost. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  2. City Council President Luis Aponte:

    Property owners were getting complaints from their tenants that as they entered the building they had to pass through this labyrinth of smoke.

  3. Cometan:

    Live like lords and ladies with their lantern-lit larders luminously illuminating life’s labyrinth.

  4. Carl Sandburg:

    History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it.

  5. Jon Rappoport:

    There is an irreducible thing. It's called freedom. It is native to every individual. Sometimes it rears its head in the middle of the night, and the dreamer awakes. And he asks himself: what is my freedom for? And then he begins a voyage that no device can record, measure, or analyze. If he pursues it long enough, it takes him out of the labyrinth.

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