• WordNet 3.6
    • adj elaborate developed or executed with care and in minute detail "a detailed plan","the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion"- John Buchan","the carefully elaborated theme"
    • adj elaborate marked by complexity and richness of detail "an elaborate lace pattern"
    • v elaborate work out in detail "elaborate a plan"
    • v elaborate make more complex, intricate, or richer "refine a design or pattern"
    • v elaborate add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
    • v elaborate produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product "The bee elaborates honey"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna held an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg
    • Elaborate To perfect with painstaking; to improve or refine with labor and study, or by successive operations; as, to elaborate a painting or a literary work. "The sap is . . . still more elaborated and exalted as it circulates through the vessels of the plant."
    • Elaborate To produce with labor "They in full joy elaborate a sigh,"
    • a Elaborate Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research. "Drawn to the life in each elaborate page."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • elaborate To produce with labor; work out; produce in general.
    • elaborate Specifically To improve or refine by successive operations; work out with great care; work up fully or perfectly.
    • elaborate To be or become elaborate; be elaborated.
    • elaborate Wrought with labor; finished with great care and nicety of detail; much studied; executed with exactness; highly finished: as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance.
    • elaborate Synonyms Labored, perfected, highly wrought.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Elaborate e-lab′or-āt to labour on: to produce with labour: to take pains with: to improve by successive operations
    • adj Elaborate wrought with labour: done with fullness and exactness: highly finished
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  • Saul Bellow
    Saul Bellow
    “Any artist should be grateful for a na?ve grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.”
  • E. V. Lucas
    E. V. Lucas
    “There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy.”
  • R. S. Storrs
    R. S. Storrs
    “The rules which experience suggest are better than those which theorists elaborate in their libraries.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.”
  • J. B. Priestley
    J. B. Priestley
    “Already we Viewers, when not viewing, have begun to whisper to one another that the more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. elaboratus, p. p. of elaborare, to work out; e, out + laborare, to labor, labor, labor. See Labor


In literature:

The most elaborate investigation of the composition of humus has been carried out by Mulder.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
The farthingale gave way to the skirt, open from waist to hem in front, to show an elaborate petticoat.
"Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century" by Annie Lash Jester
The motorist will find good roads into both from California's elaborate highway system.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The Scottish church and universities had no great prizes to offer and no elaborate hierarchy.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
The queen, Marie Antoinette, was the head of a social life that was elaborately formal and splendid.
"Lafayette" by Martha Foote Crow
Its growth in elaborateness along with the growth of social forms, 1055-1061.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
There are many elaborate temples within the city, containing rare bronzes of great value.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
The oratory, of which Catherine certainly stood in need, is especially handsome and elaborate.
"In Château Land" by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
A more elaborate and curious glass window was found at a later period in the public baths.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Its monolithic carving is exquisitely fine, as it is most abundant and elaborate.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones

In poetry:

Vain the learned elaborate metres,
Vain the deeply pondered line;
All the rest are dust and ashes
But that little song of thine.
"The Song That Lasts" by Richard Le Gallienne
Bitter grazing in sick pastures
Animal sadness & the daybed
Iron curtains pried open.
The elaborate sun implies
dust, knives, voices.
"The New Creatures" by James Douglas Morrison
They want to discover why whales are big,
So they sail, at the risk of sinking,
In ships with elaborate, technical rig,
When the facts can be learned by thinking.
"Whales" by C J Dennis
In bed I muse on Tenier's boors,
Embrowned and beery losels all;
A wakeful brain
Elaborates pain:
Within low doors the slugs of boors
Laze and yawn and doze again.
"The Bench Of Boors" by Herman Melville
But why this idle toil to paint that day,
This time elaborately thrown away?
Words all in vain pant after the distress,
The height of eloquence would make it less:
Heavens! how the good man trembles!-
"A Poem On The Last Day - Book I" by Edward Young
next time it will be nature & Thoreau
this time is Baudelaire if one had the skill
and even those problems O
At the mysterious urging of the body or Poe
reeled I with chance, insubordinate & a killer
O formal & elaborate I choose you
"Dream Song 265: I don't know one damned butterfly from another" by John Berryman

In news:

The elaborate six day funeral service for General Vang Pao entered its third day Sunday in Downtown Fresno.
She called today to elaborate.
Inspired by Bryce Harper's elaborate eye-black war paint Monday in St Louis, Comcast SportsNet host Michael Jenkins decided to add an extra dose of makeup to his own face.
In its 10th year, second Cirque show awes with a huge pool, athletic performers and elaborate design — keeping audiences thrilled.
A Public Enemy Number One gang member shows his elaborate gang tattoos.
Only a few weeks left to elaborate clear plans.
I'm staring at Casey Garvey, waiting for him to elaborate.
While this sounds like the beginning of a joke, it was actually part of an elaborate prank/crime that would make the notorious 'Ex-President' gang from the movie 'Point Break' proud.
The effort behind the @Pontifex Twitter feed is an elaborate one, the Post's Cecilia Kang reports, and the team takes its mission seriously.
The Long Beach City Council has voted to build an elaborate system of sand dunes along the coast to protect against future storms.
Andy Reid said he spoke to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie after Monday's loss to New Orleans, but declined to elaborate on the conversation aside from noting that Lurie knows how to read the NFL standings.
The Cake Boss celebrates Christmas with an elaborate home lighting display automated via Elan g.
Can you elaborate on how one should prepare before calling on the customer.
Bellingham is a place that is no stranger to musical theater—one need only wander into the Mount Baker Theatre where they are staging an elaborate mainstage production of My Fair Lady for ample proof of that.
Schubert said she could not elaborate on what alarmed the crew and could not confirm information about the alleged shaving.

In science:

For an elaborate discussion of the symmetries, their breaking pattern, and the low-energy effective theory in both cases, see Ref. [204].
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
There is an elaborate literature on the classical dynamics of gauge fields.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
There exists an elaborate literature on the random matrix formulation of 2d quantum gravity (see e.g. the recent reviews by Abdalla et al. [178] and Di Franceso et al. [177]).
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
To elaborate, the RobinsonSchensted-Knuth correspondence associates a random partition of size n to a random permutation of size n and the shape of the partition encodes information about the longest increasing subsequence of the permutation.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
This method can be used for the other functions ht as well, with slightly more elaborate calculations.
Occupation Time Fluctuations in Branching Systems