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.

    • ‘They turn a corner of the hedge maze and find the statue of Theo's bride.’
    • ‘The maize maze at Blake End, near Braintree, is open for the summer and is growing fast.’
    • ‘Quixotic mazes made with podacarpus hedges or scarlet red bean vines can be done with a little imagination.’
    • ‘It seemed to be one of those hedge mazes that you always saw in movies or read about in books.’
    • ‘I opened another door and we entered a vast maze.’
    • ‘The proof of Euler's theorem actually gives us a way of solving the maze.’
    • ‘More prosaically, unlike conventional hedge mazes, the gabion cages will require minimal maintenance and should last for 50 years.’
    • ‘Some force you to navigate hedge mazes or find countless skulls while stumbling through underground passages.’
    • ‘He was unaware of the beautiful garden nestled in the heart of the hedge maze.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He chuckled at my comment and grabbed my hand as we entered the maze.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has paintings, jigsaw puzzles, a maze, skill games and more.’
    • ‘Hence mother rats negotiated complex mazes better than their virgin sisters.’
    • ‘The modern use of the hedge maze is now purely recreational.’
    • ‘The corn maze to the north is amazing, and there are farm lands and woods everywhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You are strongly urged to solve the maze before looking closely at the answer!’
    • ‘My hedge maze is two straight lines of bushes that lead to a cactus.’
    1. 1.1A complex network of paths or passages.
      ‘they were trapped in a menacing maze of corridors’
      • ‘He kept running, turning through a maze of alleys and back roads.’
      • ‘They marched on and on, down what seemed to be an endless maze of hallways and side passages.’
      • ‘The roots of the tree were gigantic and twisted about the garden creating a tangled maze.’
      • ‘Colin reluctantly runs out the front entrance and escapes through the maze of alleyways.’
      • ‘I walked through the maze of passages, taking whichever bearing I felt pulled towards.’
      • ‘I went outside and let myself get lost in the maze of streets.’
      • ‘The two men followed as the warden led them through a veritable maze of stone passages and metal walkways.’
      • ‘All the buildings nearby create a maze of alleyways and rooftops.’
      • ‘They walked through an intricate maze of hallways before reaching a large arena filled with all sorts of technical equipment.’
      • ‘After a seemingly endless maze of corridors and rooms, he finally made it to his wing of the castle.’
      • ‘You are in a twisty maze of passageways, all alike.’
      • ‘Amidst these, through a complex maze of natural stone bridges and walkways, was a smaller peak.’
      • ‘He led us quickly out of the courtyard and through a confusing maze of corridors.’
      • ‘She threatened and then ran off, back into the maze of the castle passages.’
      • ‘Three hundred people lived in the maze of complex interwoven passages for six years during the American war.’
      • ‘The insects' snacking patterns in the branch create a complex maze of chambers.’
      • ‘The whole area was an underground maze of tunnels and bunkers.’
      • ‘He led me through a maze of hallways and finally stopped at a door.’
      • ‘In the center of the glacier I entered a maze of slot canyons made of pale blue ice.’
      • ‘He led them through a winding maze of streets and alleyways, and finally they reached a clearing.’
    2. 1.2A confusing mass of information.
      ‘a maze of petty regulations’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Who is accountable for what in the EU's bureaucratic maze?’
      • ‘Negotiating the corporate maze can test the mettle of even the most resourceful individuals.’
      • ‘In such a situation, an ordinary individual finds himself in a maze of perplexing notions and ideas.’
      • ‘Marketers need to understand how to navigate the maze of contradictory consumer attitudes and behavior.’
      • ‘The Museum's imaginative mix of social history and artefacts provides a maze of information.’
      • ‘But for months afterward, the title to the building was lost in a bureaucratic maze.’
      • ‘To pretty much anyone this lot represents a bewildering, tangled, confused maze of information.’
      • ‘In the end, the Irish troops found themselves utterly confused as they became pawns in a frustrating bureaucratic maze.’
      • ‘The complex maze of pensions provision can leave many people scratching their heads about which way to go.’
      • ‘So here's a guide to help you through the complex maze of state support for pensioners.’
      • ‘Nuggets of information are valuable, but sorting through that maze is a waste of time.’

verb

Archaic, dialect
  • Be dazed and confused.

    ‘she was still mazed with the drug she had taken’
    • ‘He was regarded with suspicion, considered an outsider and a very strange young man, being called ‘funny’ or even ‘mazed’ by the locals.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

maze

/māz/