Definition of maze in English:

maze

noun

  • 1A network of paths and hedges designed as a puzzle through which one has to find a way.

    • ‘He was unaware of the beautiful garden nestled in the heart of the hedge maze.’
    • ‘Quixotic mazes made with podacarpus hedges or scarlet red bean vines can be done with a little imagination.’
    • ‘As I got closer to the entrance of the hedge maze I couldn't see anybody there so I had to question why I'd been directed here.’
    • ‘It seemed to be one of those hedge mazes that you always saw in movies or read about in books.’
    • ‘My hedge maze is two straight lines of bushes that lead to a cactus.’
    • ‘Hence mother rats negotiated complex mazes better than their virgin sisters.’
    • ‘The proof of Euler's theorem actually gives us a way of solving the maze.’
    • ‘I opened another door and we entered a vast maze.’
    • ‘It has paintings, jigsaw puzzles, a maze, skill games and more.’
    • ‘The maze will be at the farm until the plants wither away in October when the field will be cut, ready for a new maze with a new design next year.’
    • ‘When the rats were put in mazes designed to test learning and memory, those that had been anaesthetised performed worse than those that had not been given the drugs.’
    • ‘He chuckled at my comment and grabbed my hand as we entered the maze.’
    • ‘You are strongly urged to solve the maze before looking closely at the answer!’
    • ‘Some force you to navigate hedge mazes or find countless skulls while stumbling through underground passages.’
    • ‘More prosaically, unlike conventional hedge mazes, the gabion cages will require minimal maintenance and should last for 50 years.’
    • ‘They turn a corner of the hedge maze and find the statue of Theo's bride.’
    • ‘Puzzle Planet is the latest attraction at the centre where you can pit your wits against a series of mazes, brainteasers and puzzles to see if you've got the brains to be an astronomer.’
    • ‘The modern use of the hedge maze is now purely recreational.’
    • ‘The maize maze at Blake End, near Braintree, is open for the summer and is growing fast.’
    • ‘The corn maze to the north is amazing, and there are farm lands and woods everywhere.’
    1. 1.1 A complex network of paths or passages.
      ‘they were trapped in a menacing maze of corridors’
      • ‘Colin reluctantly runs out the front entrance and escapes through the maze of alleyways.’
      • ‘He led us quickly out of the courtyard and through a confusing maze of corridors.’
      • ‘He led them through a winding maze of streets and alleyways, and finally they reached a clearing.’
      • ‘The two men followed as the warden led them through a veritable maze of stone passages and metal walkways.’
      • ‘She threatened and then ran off, back into the maze of the castle passages.’
      • ‘The roots of the tree were gigantic and twisted about the garden creating a tangled maze.’
      • ‘In the center of the glacier I entered a maze of slot canyons made of pale blue ice.’
      • ‘I went outside and let myself get lost in the maze of streets.’
      • ‘I walked through the maze of passages, taking whichever bearing I felt pulled towards.’
      • ‘Amidst these, through a complex maze of natural stone bridges and walkways, was a smaller peak.’
      • ‘He led me through a maze of hallways and finally stopped at a door.’
      • ‘Three hundred people lived in the maze of complex interwoven passages for six years during the American war.’
      • ‘They marched on and on, down what seemed to be an endless maze of hallways and side passages.’
      • ‘All the buildings nearby create a maze of alleyways and rooftops.’
      • ‘After a seemingly endless maze of corridors and rooms, he finally made it to his wing of the castle.’
      • ‘They walked through an intricate maze of hallways before reaching a large arena filled with all sorts of technical equipment.’
      • ‘The whole area was an underground maze of tunnels and bunkers.’
      • ‘You are in a twisty maze of passageways, all alike.’
      • ‘The insects' snacking patterns in the branch create a complex maze of chambers.’
      • ‘He kept running, turning through a maze of alleys and back roads.’
      labyrinth, network of paths
      complex network, labyrinth, web, tangle, warren, mesh, jungle, snarl, imbroglio
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    2. 1.2 A confusing mass of information.
      ‘a maze of petty regulations’
      • ‘Nuggets of information are valuable, but sorting through that maze is a waste of time.’
      • ‘The complex maze of pensions provision can leave many people scratching their heads about which way to go.’
      • ‘The Museum's imaginative mix of social history and artefacts provides a maze of information.’
      • ‘Who is accountable for what in the EU's bureaucratic maze?’
      • ‘In such a situation, an ordinary individual finds himself in a maze of perplexing notions and ideas.’
      • ‘To pretty much anyone this lot represents a bewildering, tangled, confused maze of information.’
      • ‘So here's a guide to help you through the complex maze of state support for pensioners.’
      • ‘But for months afterward, the title to the building was lost in a bureaucratic maze.’
      • ‘Negotiating the corporate maze can test the mettle of even the most resourceful individuals.’
      • ‘In the end, the Irish troops found themselves utterly confused as they became pawns in a frustrating bureaucratic maze.’
      • ‘How could such a character emerge from a maze of business and legal puzzles and still be elected to the highest office of a western democracy?’
      • ‘Marketers need to understand how to navigate the maze of contradictory consumer attitudes and behavior.’

verb

be mazed
dialect, archaic
  • Be dazed and confused.

    ‘she was still mazed with the drug she had taken’
    • ‘Beyond this garden, abrupt, there was a grey stone wall overgrown with velvet moss that uprose as, gazing, Matthew stood long, all mazed and blinking, to see this place so eerie and fair.’
    • ‘He was regarded with suspicion, considered an outsider and a very strange young man, being called ‘funny’ or even ‘mazed’ by the locals.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting delirium or delusion): probably from the base of amaze, of which the verb is a shortening.

Pronunciation

maze

/māz//meɪz/