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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·tri·cate /ˈɪntrɪkət/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·tri·cate a.  Entangled; involved; perplexed; complicated; difficult to understand, follow, arrange, or adjust; as, intricate machinery, labyrinths, accounts, plots, etc.
    His style was fit to convey the most intricate business to the understanding with the utmost clearness.   --Addison.
    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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·tri·cate v. t. To entangle; to involve; to make perplexing. [Obs.]
    It makes men troublesome, and intricates all wise discourses.   --Jer. Taylor.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure";
            "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning";
            "intricate needlework"; "an intricate labyrinth of
            refined phraseology"; "the plot was too involved"; "a
            knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine
            maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir
            Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous
            negotiations lasting for months" [syn: Byzantine, convoluted,
             involved, knotty, labyrinthine, tangled, tortuous]