The same night I had Nares to dinner. His sunburnt face, his queer and personal strain of talk, recalled days that were scarce over and that seemed already distant. Through the music of the band outside, and the chink and clatter of the dining-room, it seemed to me as if I heard the foaming of the surf and the voices of the sea-birds about Midway Island. The bruises on our hands were not yet healed; and there we sat, waited on by elaborate d-----s, eating pompano and drinking iced champagne.
“Think of our dinners on the Norah, captain, and then oblige me by looking round the room for contrast.”
He took the scene in slowly. “Yes, it is like a dream,” he said: “like as if the d-----s were really about as big as dimes; and a great big scuttle might open up there, and Johnson stick in a great big head and shoulders, and cry, 'Eight bells!'—and the whole thing vanish.”
Collins has this: . . .
- ADJECTIVE [usually ADJECTIVE noun] Elaborate clothing or material is made with a lot of detailed artistic designs. He is known for his elaborate costumes. Synonyms: ornate, detailed, involved, complex More Synonyms of elaborate
. . . but it is said of things, not of people.
Even The Imperial Dictionary by John Ogilvie refers to things:
Elaborate (e-lab'o-rat), v.t. pret. & pp. elaborated; ppr. elaborating. [L. elaboro, elaboratum, to work out — e, out, and laboro, to labour, from labor, labour.] 1. To produce with labour.
They in full joy elaborate a sigh. Young.
- To improve or refine by successive operations of nature or art; to work out with great care; to work out fully or perfectly; as, the heat of the sun elaborates the juices of plants and renders the fruit more perfect.
These conceptions were not fully nor systematically elaboraled by Berkeley. It is not often that he who quarries the marble carves and polishes the pillar. Scotsman newspaper.
Elaborate (e-lab'o-rat), a. [L. elaboratus, pp. of elaboio. See the verb transitive.] Wrought with labour; finished with great care ; much studied ; executed with exactness; highly finished; as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance.
Drawn to the life in each elaborate page, Waller.
Syn. Laboured, prepared, studied,perfected, high-wrought
Now, what is meant by 'elaborate' in this context? Is there a synonym?