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Meaning of GORDIAN

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  extremely intricate; usually in phrase"gordian knot"

GORDIAN is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: complex



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gor"di*an\, a.
    1. Pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied
       by him; hence, intricate; complicated; inextricable.
    {Gordian knot}, an intricate knot tied by Gordius in the
       thong which connected the pole of the chariot with the
       yoke. An oracle having declared that he who should untie
       it should be master of Asia, Alexander the Great averted
       the ill omen of his inability to loosen it by cutting it
       with his sword. Hence, a Gordian knot is an inextricable
       difficulty; and to cut the Gordian knot is to remove a
       difficulty by bold and energetic measures.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) Pertaining to the Gordiacea.
  2. \Gor"di*an\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    One of the Gordiacea.