Definition of intricate
1 : having many complexly interrelating parts or elements : complicated intricate machinery an intricate plot
2 : difficult to resolve or analyze
Examples of intricate in a Sentence
Filigree is an ancient technique that creates an intricate, lace-like pattern through the combination of wire swirls and shapes. —Jeanne Rhodes-Moen, Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Fall 2007
Tsunami generation involves intricate interactions among earthquakes, landslides, and “sympathetic” vibrations between the quake and the ocean above it. —Robert Koenig, Science, 17 Aug. 2001
However, other random processes can be quite intricate; for example, the fluctuating prices of stocks are difficult to explain because there are so many variables and combinations of variables that are influencing the prices. —Lloyd Jaisingh, Statistics for the Utterly Confused, 2000
The movie has an intricate plot.
an intricate machine that requires some training to use it properly
Recent Examples of intricate from the Web
But the actual details of the initiative are unsettled, and a more intricate blueprint is still weeks or even months from completion.
The worn gunwales, the intricate twill of the seat cover.
But the intricate off-ball actions had James stressed thinking about the matchup on Thursday.
But the elaborate hoops that dance presenters jump through when bringing troupes from outside the U.S. to this country can be as intricate and demanding as any dance performance.
Martinique wallpaper, staff in tropical shirts, a graphic, kitschy menu—but the real transportation happens in the glass, with the intricate play of a broad spectrum of rums and fresh juices.
And sales staff passed around intricate spreadsheets, with thousands of rows each, on potential patients, including details such as birthdates and information about symptoms, doctor, and hospital.
Intricate embroidery, luxe details and rich hues catch the light, especially at golden hour, when everything–from your skin to the wave crests–
Takashi Murakami protégé and KaiKai Kiki artist and staff member, Mr., celebrates his first solo exhibit in New York with large-scale, intricate paintings and sculptures that examine Japanese Otaku culture.
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Origin and Etymology of intricate
Middle English, from Latin intricatus, past participle of intricare to entangle, from in- + tricae trifles, complications
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of intricate
INTRICATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intricate for English Language Learners
: having many parts
INTRICATE Defined for Kids
Definition of intricate for Students
1 : having many closely combined parts or elements an intricate design
2 : very difficult to follow or understand an intricate plot
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