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
In some cases, the often intricate creations can even err on the painful side.
An intricate dessert of Cara Cara oranges, meringue batons, and panna cotta proves that even fancy tweezer food can be soul satisfying.
Art aficionados: Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the intricate designs of Portuguese Azulejo, the artisanal tilework that adorns many Portuguese buildings and walls.
There is a collection of camels sitting in the sand, ready to ride; a henna artist to adorn arms and hands with intricate designs; and a row of hookahs for post-dinner puffing.
Other treasures included an 18th-century German piano, porcelain vases from China and Japan, mirrors and boxes with intricate gold filigree work and ceiling murals depicting Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gama’s journey to India by sea.
But in Washington, six months after Trump assumed office, the reflexive response of the U.S.’s intricate legal system is already kicking in.
Several years ago Gupta, who moonlights as a designer of intricate physical puzzles, began a project called GlassBox.
From the neck down, the couture was more inviting with its icy-blue and lavender blazers featuring unconventional slits and intricate beaded details that ask for more than a double take.
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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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