maze

verb
\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maze (audio) \
mazed; mazing

Definition of maze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : stupefy, daze

maze

noun

Definition of maze (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a confusing intricate network of passages
b : something confusingly elaborate or complicated a maze of regulations
2 chiefly dialectal : a state of bewilderment

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Other Words from maze

Noun

mazelike \ ˈmāz-​ˌlīk How to pronounce maze (audio) \ adjective

Examples of maze in a Sentence

Verb I'm completely mazed by the multitude of plans for health insurance. Noun The experiment measured the time it took for a mouse to find its way through a maze to get its reward of cheese. The school is a maze of classrooms. a maze of rules and regulations
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once back in character, Nyong’o attempted blending into the Horror Nights maze to scare unsuspecting guests. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Lupita Nyong'o reprises Us role to shock guests at Halloween Horror Nights," 30 Oct. 2019 Check out a teaser above for the Us attraction, which will elicit shrieks alongside the parks’ first-ever Ghostbusters maze and another turn for Stranger Things. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Universal's Halloween Horror Nights to feature maze inspired by Jordan Peele's Us," 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To get here, each man has driven 200 miles of paved roads and jolted through a 15-mile maze of unmarked logging roads and skidder trails. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: A Day in Deer Camp," 25 Dec. 2020 Following an April paper about using a miniature particle accelerator to notice anyons, in July, researchers from Purdue published their findings after using a microchip etched to route particles through a maze that phased out all other particles. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Incredible Particle Only Arises in Two Dimensions," 18 Dec. 2020 At HollisterStier’s manufacturing facility in Spokane, Washington, Pete Colomb, the associate director of manufacturing, strode through a maze of corridors in a white lab coat and blue hair net. Hannah Hoag, Quartz, "Life-saving wasp venom relies on a shaky supply chain," 16 Nov. 2020 The kindergartener is part of a learning pod of five North Park families who share the cost of full-time tutors to guide their children through the maze of virtual learning, and take turns hosting the group at their homes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "School through a screen: how two San Diego County students are coping with virtual learning," 15 Nov. 2020 Through the maze of apprehension, one subject can be addressed right now: Of all the changes imposed on this tradition-minded sport in 2020, how many of them should be made permanent? Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Baseball’s coronavirus-altered new rules: Should they stay or go?," 8 Nov. 2020 Woodwind and brass instruments send air through a maze of twists and turns, and buttons create turbulent airflow patterns that don’t simply shoot everything out in a piercing plume. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: Is My Daughter Blasting the Virus Out of Her Instrument?," 14 Oct. 2020 One experiment used a particle collider, and the other used a prepared chip maze. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Incredible Particle Only Arises in Two Dimensions," 18 Dec. 2020 The storytelling is perfectly pitched, and the thrills of the shifting maze invite endless attempts. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, "The Best Video Games of 2020," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of maze

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maze

Verb

Middle English

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The first known use of maze was in the 13th century

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“Maze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maze. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for maze

maze

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maze

: a complicated and confusing system of connected passages
: a confusing collection or mixture of things (such as rules)

maze

noun
\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maze (audio) \

Kids Definition of maze

: a confusing arrangement of paths or passages

maze

noun
\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maze (audio) \

Medical Definition of maze

: a path complicated by at least one blind alley and used in learning experiments and in intelligence tests

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