maze

Definitions

  • The maze, Rosamond's Bower
    The maze, Rosamond's Bower
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n maze complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost
    • n maze something jumbled or confused "a tangle of government regulations"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to scientific studies, a rat's performance in a maze can be improved by playing music written by Mozart.
    • Maze A complex and confusing system or set of rules that causes bwilderment; as, a maze of environemntal regulations.
    • Maze A confusing and baffling network, as of paths or passages; an intricacy; a labyrinth. "Quaint mazes on the wanton green.""Or down the tempting maze of Shawford brook.""The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate,
      Puzzled with mazes , and perplexed with error."
    • Maze A wild fancy; a confused notion.
    • Maze Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; state of bewilderment.
    • v. i Maze To be bewildered.
    • v. t Maze To perplex greatly; to bewilder; to astonish and confuse; to amaze.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • maze To confuse; bewilder; amaze; especially, to confuse by intricacy.
    • maze To be bewildered, perplexed, or puzzled.
    • maze To wind intricately.
    • n maze Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; bewilderment.
    • n maze Anything intended to confuse or mislead; a snare; a deception.
    • n maze A wild fancy; a confused notion; an error.
    • n maze A baffling and confusing network of paths or passages; a labyrinth: as, the maze of Hampton Court in England; a winding and turning; hence, a perplexed or embarrassing state of things; intricate disorder; entanglement: as, he found affairs all in a maze.
    • n maze Wonder; matter of wonder or curiosity.
    • n maze A variant of mease, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maze māz a place full of intricate windings: confusion of thought: perplexity
    • v.t Maze to bewilder: to confuse
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Quotations

  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route”
  • Barbara Sher
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    “Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mase,; cf. OE. masen, to confuse, puzzle, Norweg. masast, to fall into a slumber, masa, to be continually busy, prate, chatter, Icel. masa, to chatter, dial. Sw. masa, to bask, be slow, work slowly and lazily, mas, slow, lazy

Usage

In literature:

That not in fancy's maze he wander'd long, But stoop'd to truth, and moraliz'd his song.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
This I offer to give you is plain and simple: the other full of perplexed and intricate mazes.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
When I look forward, I see nothing but a maze of impossibilities and trouble.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
It turned me all in a maze.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Oh, I'll say it's a Coney Island maze, this building!
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
I am in a maze; what is it, man?
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Legend was afterwards built round these mazes.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
I could not resist a smile to see the little pad covered with its maze of figures among the rolls of money.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
A small, dainty figure tripped through the mazes of his thoughts.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
I followed at his heels, marveling at his skill in threading the maze with never a snapped twig to betray him.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
He reached the lower branches and disappeared within their maze.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
The garden was a marvel of many-coloured lights, intricate and bewildering as a maze.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
She became lost in a maze of wonder.
"Golden Stories" by Various
There, certainly, one could walk for miles, through an intricate maze of continuous underground passages.
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
But who was it that had excused the mazed man to her ladyship?
"The Drummer's Coat" by J. W. Fortescue
They had been strongly held and had been fortified with an immense maze of wire.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
He threaded through the maze of the lockers with his knife ready in his hand, trying not to attract suspicion.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
Consequently they thought it would eventually lead them out of the bewildering underground maze.
"Fighting in France" by Ross Kay
Pretty, flower-decked tables were set in the maze.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
How did the jester find his way out of the maze in the dark?
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
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In poetry:

But the forms that throng its mazes
Are too bright for mortal birth,
And the scenes that fancy raises
Far too beautiful for earth.
"Reality" by Walter Richard Cassels
While, beyond a maze of painted threads,
Where his tireless shuttle flew,
In fancy he saw the sunlit waves
Beckon him out to the blue.
"Sea-Born" by Virna Sheard
Out of doors into the night!
On to the maze
Of the wild wood-ways,
Not turning to left nor right
From the pathway, blind with sight—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
The silence fell on my Love's lips;
Her great brown eyes were veiled and sad
With pondering some maze of dream,
Through all the splendid year was glad.
"The Eavesdropper" by Bliss William Carman
See, when all the showers are done,
How the sun
Softly smiling o'er the scene
Bids the white wings come and go
To and fro
Through the maze of gold and green.
"Butterflies" by Alfred Noyes
It is the road of Law, where Pilate stays
To hear, at last, the answer to his cry;
And mighty sages, groping through their maze
Of eager questions, hear a child reply.
"The Road Through Chaos" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

The maze covers 7.4 acres.
As election results rolled in last week, news stations around the globe broadcast the sounds of DJ Mel mixing tunes by Teena Marie, Maze, and Shalamar.
Festival features a 5-acre corn maze, and numerous family activities.
Going through the Ferguson Township farm's haunted corn maze, they found one detail particularly authentic.
Navigating the hallways of school might actually be easier than finding your way through a seven acre corn maze, but it was still the preferred setting for middle schoolers from Gardiner.
Daybreak Farms Corn Maze officially open.
'Teen Maze' Promotes Positive Decision Making For Local Students.
An excellent playlist, windows down, music up, color changing leaves and most importantly a significant other are necessities for a destination date to the Ozark Corn Maze.
A few things to consider as you make your way though the retail maze, the relationship gauntlet, and the political process.
Her stamina gone, Vonn simply couldn't make up ground on winner Tina Maze of Slovenia in a World Cup giant slalom race yesterday.
Tina Maze takes third straight GS title.
Tina Maze of Slovenia won her third straight World Cup giant slalom Sunday to extend her lead in the overall standings, and defending champion Lindsey Vonn placed 27th after almost crashing out.
Halloween Haunt 2011 mazes and scare zones at Knott's Berry Farm .
Maze keen to show form in slalom World Cup opener in Finland as Vonn skips race for Aspen.
Lab rats forgot how to escape a maze after binging on fructose (sugar) water, a UCLA research team found.
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In science:

Rackoff, Random Walks, Universal Traversal Sequences, and the Complexity of Maze Problems.
Stationary distribution and cover time of random walks on random digraphs
Random walks, universal traversal sequences and the complexity of maze problems.
Universal adaptive self-stabilizing traversal scheme: random walk and reloading wave
Rackoff, Random walks, universal traversal sequences, and the complexity of maze problems.
The Cover Time of Random Walks on Graphs
Searching for a trail of evidence in a maze.
Detecting the trail of a random walker in a random scenery
Below Tc , dynamics associated with wandering in this maze of valleys is non-ergodic and shows many distinguished features like aging, Bouchaud 1992.
Freezing Transitions and Extreme Values: Random Matrix Theory, $\zeta(1/2+it)$, and Disordered Landscapes
Random walks, universal traversal sequences, and the time complexity of maze problems.
Quantum simulations of classical random walks and undirected graph connectivity
Searching for a trail of evidence in a maze.
On combinatorial testing problems
The dataset used here is described in FAHB and has C = 117 neurons and was recorded over a period of B = 2.812 × 106 ms (about 47 minutes) from a rat performing a working memory task in a simple maze.
Conservative Hypothesis Tests and Confidence Intervals using Importance Sampling
However, the theory itself employs a complicated maze of fluiddynamics results and several phenomenological estimates and guesses known only to specialists.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory
The algorithms developed in this paper have been tested in a variety of small maze problems designed to possess various properties as desired, and a number of problems adapted from existing research or created from our office environment.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
We show how the algorithmic performances vary with the properties of the selected belief subset for the maze problems.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
We present our empirical results on two variants of a designed maze problem and the problems in a standard test-bed in this subsection.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
Moving against maze walls leaves the agent at its original location.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
Two variants of the above maze are designed to test ssVI and VI.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
Combining these results with those on the maze problem, we see that the computational savings brought by the subset value iteration vary with different problem domains.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
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