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 for Intricate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Intricate \In"tri*cate\, a. [L. intricatus, p. p. of intricare
     to entangle, perplex. Cf. Intrigue, Extricate.]
     Entangled; involved; perplexed; complicated; difficult to
     understand, follow, arrange, or adjust; as, intricate
     machinery, labyrinths, accounts, plots, etc.
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           His style was fit to convey the most intricate business
           to the understanding with the utmost clearness.
                                                    --Addison.
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           The nature of man is intricate.          --Burke.
  
     Syn: Intricate, Complex, Complicated.
  
     Usage: A thing is complex when it is made up of parts; it is
            complicated when those parts are so many, or so
            arranged, as to make it difficult to grasp them; it is
            intricate when it has numerous windings and confused
            involutions which it is hard to follow out. What is
            complex must be resolved into its parts; what is
            complicated must be drawn out and developed; what is
            intricate must be unraveled.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Intricate \In"tri*cate\, v. t.
     To entangle; to involve; to make perplexing. [Obs.]
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           It makes men troublesome, and intricates all wise
           discourses.                              --Jer. Taylor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  intricate
      adj 1: having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate;
             "intricate lacework"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  148 Moby Thesaurus words for "intricate":
     Byzantine, Daedalian, Herculean, abstruse, amalgamated, ambiguous,
     ambivalent, amphibious, anfractuous, arduous, baffling, balled up,
     bewildering, beyond one, blended, bothering, brutal, combined,
     complex, complicated, composite, compound, compounded, confounded,
     confounding, confused, confusing, conglomerate, convoluted,
     crabbed, cramp, critical, daedal, dappled, dedal, delicate,
     demanding, devious, difficile, difficult, discomposing,
     disconcerting, dismaying, distracting, disturbing, eclectic,
     elaborate, embarrassing, embrangled, enigmatic, entangled,
     equivocal, exacting, fancy, fifty-fifty, formidable, fouled up,
     garbled, gordian, hairy, half-and-half, hard, hard to understand,
     hard-earned, hard-fought, heterogeneous, implicated,
     indiscriminate, involuted, involved, ironic, jawbreaking, jumbled,
     knotted, knotty, laborious, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, loused up,
     many-faceted, many-sided, matted, mazy, mean, meandering, medley,
     messed up, mingled, miscellaneous, mixed, mixed up, motley,
     mucked up, multifaceted, multifarious, multinational, multiracial,
     mysterious, mystifying, no picnic, not easy, obfuscated, obscure,
     obscured, operose, ornate, overtechnical, patchy, perplexed,
     perplexing, perturbing, pluralistic, problematic, promiscuous,
     puzzling, ramified, rigorous, rococo, rough, roundabout, rugged,
     scrambled, screwed up, set with thorns, severe, sinuous, snarled,
     sophisticated, spiny, steep, strenuous, subtle, syncretic, tangled,
     tangly, thorny, thrown together, ticklish, toilsome, tortuous,
     tough, tricky, twisted, uphill, upsetting, varied, wicked,
     winding
  
  

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