- a confusing network of intercommunicating paths or passages; labyrinth.
- any complex system or arrangement that causes bewilderment, confusion, or perplexity: Her petition was lost in a maze of bureaucratic red tape.
- a state of bewilderment or confusion.
- a winding movement, as in dancing.
- Chiefly Dialect. to daze, perplex, or stupefy.
Origin of maze
Related Words for mazeconvolution, puzzle, twist, winding, perplexity, tangle, web, network, hodgepodge, muddle, mesh, imbroglio, knot, entanglement, morass, bewilderment, skein, uncertainty, quandary, intricacy
Examples from the Web for maze
Contemporary Examples of maze
Everything legal and worth making money from is like a maze.Rawcus Is the Rapper Behind the Viral ‘White People Crazy’ Video
January 29, 2014
The maze ends in an expansive Zen garden, complete with a pebble pool-pit and a vast mirror along one wall.The Royal Academy Wants You to Finish This Artwork
January 24, 2014
But what was it like for the participants who tried to complete the maze?
Center court was where the eleven arms of the maze met in the middle.
What is most important is that Brody has been sent into a maze of tunnels, if you like.Damian Lewis Spills On ‘Homeland’s’ Shocking Plot Twist and Brody’s Return
October 14, 2013
Historical Examples of maze
She was lost, for the instant, in a maze of disagreeable reflection.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
To him the winter passed in a maze of doubt and self-contempt.
Paris was going on—all that muddle and maze of worried people.
One of the first things he did to make himself famous was to build a maze.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
The tug's hull was practically filled with a maze of machinery.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- a complex network of paths or passages, esp one with high hedges in a garden, designed to puzzle those walking through itCompare labyrinth (def. 1)
- a similar system represented diagrammatically as a pattern of lines
- any confusing network of streets, pathways, etca maze of paths
- a state of confusion
- an archaic or dialect word for amaze
Word Origin for maze
c.1300, "delusion, bewilderment" (also as a verb, "stupefy, daze"), possibly from Old English *mæs, which is suggested by the compound amasod "amazed" and verb amasian "to confound, confuse" (see amaze). Perhaps related to Norwegian dialectal mas "exhausting labor," Swedish masa "to be slow or sluggish." Meaning "labyrinth" first recorded late 14c.