- having many interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved: an intricate maze.
- complex; complicated; hard to understand, work, or make: an intricate machine.
Origin of intricate
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Examples from the Web for intricately
Saudi society and government are intricately intertwined with a puritanical flavor of Islam, Wahhabism.Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for 'Witchcraft'?
March 29, 2014
Film was an outlet, and the intricately crafted pieces—regardless of who made them—told their own stories.
Outfits have become so intricately planned—and more times than not, without considering the actress and her role.
His runways are always filled with intricately tailored separates, soft gowns, and lush fabrics.Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, & Calvin Klein New York Fashion Week
February 14, 2014
The solution, said Schmidt and Bitonti, was to design thousands of intricately woven joints.The World’s Most Innovative Dress
March 25, 2013
Don Loris drummed on the arm of his intricately carved chair.The Pirates of Ersatz
He leaned towards her and found that she was intricately caught in the rose.Adrienne Toner
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The walls were divided into panels, with borders broad and intricately arabesqued.The Fair God
The instinct for reproduction is intricately involved in the struggle for existence.The Women of Tomorrow
It was intricately and wisely designed; its God must be omniscient.Some Christian Convictions
Henry Sloane Coffin
- difficult to understand; obscure; complex; puzzling
- entangled or involvedintricate patterns
Word Origin and History for intricately
early 15c., from Latin intricatus "entangled," past participle of intricare "to entangle, perplex, embarrass," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + tricae (plural) "perplexities, hindrances, toys, tricks," of uncertain origin (cf. extricate). Related: Intricately.