Monday, 13 February 2017

Old blended learning task - Labyrinthine Jan 28th

Labyrinthine definitions, ideas and examples


noun
1.
an intricate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit.
Synonyms: maze, network, web.
2.
a maze of paths bordered by high hedges, as in a park or garden, for the amusement of those who search for a way out.
3.
a complicated or tortuous arrangement, as of streets or buildings.
Synonyms: warren, maze, jungle, snarl, tangle, knot.
4.
any confusingly intricate state of things or events; a bewildering complex: His papers were lost in an hellish bureaucratic labyrinth.
After the death of her daughter, she wandered in a labyrinth of sorrow for what seemed like a decade.
Synonyms: wilderness, jungle, forest; morass.
5.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a vast maze built in Crete by Daedalus, at the command of King Minos, to house the Minotaur.
6.
Anatomy.
  1. the internal ear, consisting of a bony portion (bony labyrinth) and a membranous portion (membranous labyrinth)
  2. the aggregate of air chambers in the ethmoid bone, between the eye and the upper part of the nose.
7.
a mazelike pattern inlaid in the pavement of a church.
 
 
‘you lose yourself in a labyrinth of little streets’


  • ‘Within lies a modern labyrinth arranged around the physical remains of ancient Roman town houses, together with more conventional exhibition spaces.’
  • ‘Macerata was built on a hill with fortress-like walls and internal streets as confusing as a labyrinth, and today it still has many of those outer walls intact.’
  • ‘There is only one way to get in and one way to get out, which are directly opposite of each other if you were to remove the tall walls of stone creating the confusing labyrinth.’
  • ‘Ariadne is this character in Greek myth who accompanies Theseus on his dangerous expedition to the heart of the labyrinth to kill the dreaded Minotaur.’
  • ‘The labyrinth has since ancient times been associated with the legend of the Minotaur, the monster half-man half-bull which dwelt in the heart of a labyrinth on the island of Crete.’
  • ‘The lanes and alleys of the Marrakech medina twist and turn through a labyrinth where excitement and mystery await you around every corner.’
  • ‘But they say that the inhabitants on Prangli do not know of any labyrinths on their island.’
  • ‘And of course, there is considerably more concerning the labyrinths of the Cathedrals of Northern France.’
  • ‘Theseus killing the Minotaur in the labyrinth of Crete, and labyrinths in general, were favorite subjects for church pavements, especially among the Gauls.’
  • ‘Artress led the effort to reintroduce the labyrinth into the world as a spiritual tool.’
  • ‘He seemed to know the labyrinth by instinct, only bothering with a lamp when the others began to stumble in the dusk.’
  • ‘The original center piece has been removed and other areas of the labyrinth have been restored.’
  • ‘It is situated in the intricate labyrinth of the Niah Caves.’
maze, warren, network, complex, web, coil, entanglement
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1.1 An intricate and confusing arrangement:
‘a labyrinth of conflicting laws and regulations’
  • ‘His investigation reveals a twisted labyrinth of deception and betrayal, with remorseless vixen Kitty Collins at the center.’
  • ‘The few seemingly simple slips of paper turn out to be a confusing labyrinth of coupons, even if colour coordinated.’
  • ‘Khadra's Algiers is a labyrinth of political intrigue and corporate crime - or, more precisely, corporate crime disguised as political intrigue.’
  • ‘I had just completed the process of studying business administration and journeyed into the labyrinth of corporate power.’
  • ‘This is a place of high anxiety, a labyrinth where the protagonists become so confused by being mistaken for someone else that insanity threatens.’
  • ‘However, after centuries of building, law's design is difficult to discern; its attempt to impose order on chaos has become its own labyrinth, confusing as much as enlightening those who try to enter.’
  • ‘Conditions are mild and predictable for novice divers, and spectacular fun for certified cave divers, who can twist through extensive labyrinths of limestone tunnels and chambers.’
  • ‘The likely result of this is a labyrinth of intricate employment and childcare arrangements that families may find harder to juggle, not easier.’
 
 On the BTEC brief there's a list of useful words...

Streets, knots, Arcane, Weaving, overlapping, ambiguity, obscure, layering, chambers, passages, rivers, paradox, opaque, messy, garble, fathomless, willow, confusing, valley, veins, bones, arteries, fungi, roots and more.

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