a. An intricate, usually confusing network of interconnecting pathways, as in a garden; a labyrinth.
b. A physical situation in which it is easy to get lost: a maze of bureaucratic divisions.
2. A graphic puzzle, the solution of which is an uninterrupted path through an intricate pattern of line segments from a starting point to a goal.
3. Something made up of many confused or conflicting elements; a tangle: a maze of government regulations.
tr.v. mazed, maz·ing, maz·es
Chiefly Southern US
1. To bewilder or astonish.
2. To stupefy; daze.
[Middle English mase, confusion, maze, from masen, to confuse, daze, from Old English āmasian, to confound; see AMAZE.]
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