Daedal
Daedal D[ae]"dal, Daedalian D[ae]*dal"ian, a. [L. daedalus cunningly wrought, fr. Gr. ?; cf. ? to work cunningly. The word also alludes to the mythical D[ae]dalus (Gr. ?, lit., the cunning worker).] 1. Cunningly or ingeniously formed or working; skillful; artistic; ingenious. [1913 Webster]

Our bodies decked in our d[ae]dalian arms. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

The d[ae]dal hand of Nature. --J. Philips. [1913 Webster]

The doth the d[ae]dal earth throw forth to thee, Out of her fruitful, abundant flowers. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Crafty; deceitful. [R.] --Keats. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • daedal — index elaborate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • daedal — (adj.) 1580s, skillful, cunning, from L. daedalus, from Gk. daidalos skillful, cunningly wrought. Also an anglicized form of the name DAEDALUS (Cf. Daedalus) from Greek mythology (1610s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • daedal — [dēd′ l] adj. [L daedalus < Gr daidalos < daidallein, to work artfully < IE base * del , to split, carve > L dolere, to feel pain] Chiefly Literary 1. skillfully made 2. highly wrought …   English World dictionary

  • daedal — adjective Etymology: Latin daedalus, from Greek daidalos Date: 1590 1. a. skillful, artistic b. intricate < the computer s daedal circuitry > 2. adorned with many things < visions of cloud and light and daedal earth are the airman s daily sc …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • daedal — adjective complex and ingenious in design or function the daedal hand of nature • Similar to: ↑complex …   Useful english dictionary

  • daedal — /deed l/, adj. 1. skillful; ingenious. 2. cleverly intricate. 3. diversified. [1580 90; < L daedalus skillful < Gk daídalos, equiv. to daidál(lein) to work with skill + os adj. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • daedal — adjective /ˈdiːdəl/ Skilful, ingenious, cunning. His daedale hand would faile, and greatly faint, / And her perfections with his error taint [...] …   Wiktionary

  • daedal — Synonyms and related words: Byzantine, Daedalian, adept, adroit, apt, artistic, authoritative, balled up, bicolor, bicolored, bravura, brilliant, clean, clever, colorful, colory, complex, complicated, confounded, confused, convoluted, coordinated …   Moby Thesaurus

  • daedal — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Difficult to understand because of intricacy: byzantine, complex, complicated, convoluted, Daedalian, elaborate, intricate, involute, involved, knotty, labyrinthine, tangled. See SIMPLE …   English dictionary for students

  • daedal — adj. formed with art; displaying inventive skill …   English contemporary dictionary

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