Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Ingenious and complex in design or function; intricate.
  • adj. Finely or skillfully made or employed; artistic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Skilful, ingenious, cunning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cunningly or ingeniously formed or working; skillful; artistic; ingenious.
  • adj. Crafty; deceitful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See dedal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. complex and ingenious in design or function
  • n. (Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of Minos; to escape the labyrinth he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus

Etymologies

Latin daedalus, from Greek daidalos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin daedalus, from Ancient Greek δαίδαλος ("skillful"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ides is the beau ideal of casting, and boasts a crisp script as well as daedal plot coils and shadowy shots reminiscent of 1960s cinema stylings.

    Felice Arenas: George Clooney: 'Hollywood Could Teach a Lot to Politicians'

  • By default I was the trailblazer for the last leg, trying to thrash a semblance of a path through the snarled, daedal jungle.

    Richard Bangs: Climbing the Killer Prince -- Merapi Volcano of Java, Part 3

  • By default I was the trailblazer in this latest exercise, trying to thrash a semblance of a path through the snarled, daedal jungle.

    Richard Bangs: Climbing the Killer Prince -- Merapi Volcano of Java, Part 3

  • The 12-year-old from Kingston, Jamaica, showed no mercy in demolishing words like "" daedal '' (intricate) and "" parrhesia '' (frank speech).

    A Daedal Test Of Parrhesia

  • Although I did post a render of the bookrack I wanted to build, I found that it was too impractical and had to settle for something less daedal.

    Blog De Ganz | Archive | May

  • Dark, dark were this world of ours had either Divinity left it — dark without the day-beams of the Latonian Charioteer, darker yet without the daedal Smile of the God of the Other Bow!

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • At a borrowed piano belonging to some vanished resident a trooper officiated; he was clothed in a grey back shirt and ammunition boots -- and displayed the daedal methods of a Fragson.

    With Botha in the Field

  • Round his neck he slung that long daedal chain wherefrom St. George, slaying the Dragon, dangles.

    Zuleika Dobson

  • If he lives, he lives as I knew him and clothed as I knew him and with his unalterable voice, in a heaven of daedal flowers or a hell of ineffectual flame; he lives, dreaming and talking and explaining, explaining it all very earnestly and preposterously, so I picture him, into the ear of the amused, incredulous, principal person in the place.

    First and Last Things

  • Bodily beauty, where Love is priestess, is a daedal spur to the loftiest worship.

    Hints for Lovers

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  • I sang of the dancing stars,
    I sang of the daedal earth,
    And of heaven, and the giant wars,
    And love, and death, and birth.

    - Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Hymn Of Pan'.

    June 24, 2009

  • "He led Stephen through a daedal of passages and stables to a courtyard..."
    --O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 169

    February 9, 2008

  • daedalus -- the cunning one -- built labyrinth at crete to confine minotaur; built wing of wax to escape labyrinth for he and icarus

    January 7, 2007