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labyrinth

LAB'YRINTH, n. [L. labyrinthus; Gr.]

1. Among the ancients, an edifice or place full of intricacies, or formed with winding passages, which rendered it difficult to find the way from the interior to the entrance. The most remarkable of these edifices mentioned, are the Egyptian and the Cretan labyrinths.

2. A maze; an inexplicable difficulty.

3. Formerly, an ornamental maze or wilderness in gardens.

4. A cavity in the ear.



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LAB'YRINTH, n. [L. labyrinthus; Gr.]

1. Among the ancients, an edifice or place full of intricacies, or formed with winding passages, which rendered it difficult to find the way from the interior to the entrance. The most remarkable of these edifices mentioned, are the Egyptian and the Cretan labyrinths.

2. A maze; an inexplicable difficulty.

3. Formerly, an ornamental maze or wilderness in gardens.

4. A cavity in the ear.

LAB'Y-RINTH, n.

In metallurgy, a series of troughs in a stamping mill, through which water passes for washing pulverized ore.


LAB'Y-RINTH, n. [L. labyrinthus; Gr. λαβυρινθος.]

  1. Among the ancients, an edifice or place full of intricacies, or formed with winding passages, which rendered it difficult to find the way from the interior to the entrance. The most remarkable of these edifices mentioned, are the Egyptian and the Cretan labyrinths. – Encyc. Lempriere.
  2. A maze; an inexplicable difficulty.
  3. Formerly, an ornamental maze or wilderness in gardens. – Spenser.
  4. A cavity in the ear. – Quincy.

Lab"y*rinth
  1. 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. Any intricate or involved inclosure; especially, an ornamental maze or inclosure in a park or garden.
  3. Any object or arrangement of an intricate or involved form, or having a very complicated nature.

    The serpent . . . fast sleeping soon he found,
    In labyrinth of many a round self-rolled.
    Milton.

    The labyrinth of the mind. Tennyson.

  4. An inextricable or bewildering difficulty.

    I' the maze and winding labyrinths o' the world. Denham.

  5. The internal ear. See Note under Ear.
  6. 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.

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

    Syn. -- Maze; confusion; intricacy; windings. -- Labyrinth, Maze. Labyrinth, originally; the name of an edifice or excavation, carries the idea of design, and construction in a permanent form, while maze is used of anything confused or confusing, whether fixed or shifting. Maze is less restricted in its figurative uses than labyrinth. We speak of the labyrinth of the ear, or of the mind, and of a labyrinth of difficulties; but of the mazes of the dance, the mazes of political intrigue, or of the mind being in a maze.

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Labyrinth

LAB'YRINTH, noun [Latin labyrinthus; Gr.]

1. Among the ancients, an edifice or place full of intricacies, or formed with winding passages, which rendered it difficult to find the way from the interior to the entrance. The most remarkable of these edifices mentioned, are the Egyptian and the Cretan labyrinths.

2. A maze; an inexplicable difficulty.

3. Formerly, an ornamental maze or wilderness in gardens.

4. A cavity in the ear.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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IMMEMO'RIAL, a. [L. in and memor, memoria.]

Beyond memory; an epithet given to time or duration, &c., whose beginning is not remembered, or cannot be traced and ascertained; as when it is said a man has possessed an estate in fee from time immemorial, or time out of mind. Such possession constitutes prescription, or prescriptive right. So we speak of immemorial use, custom or practice. In England, a thing is said to be immemorial, when it commenced before the reign of Edward II.

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