Especially of an argument, story, or sentence) extremely complex and difficult to follow
Very complicated or detailed
Involving many carefully arranged parts or details; detailed and complicated in design and planning
Complicate or confuse (a matter)
Source: Oxford Dictionaries
well I have learned the word convoluted recently.Before that, I thought the word intricate was the strongest in this sense. But when we look at the definitions it is hard to discern how to use them correctly because they mostly mean "very/ extremely complicated/complex/detailed".
As far I know a product made by an artist or scientist can be intricate or elaborate and also complex/complicated. For example a mural, fresco or automatic machine like a robot.
On the other hand, it seems like the word convoluted is more associated with written documents like legal terms and conditions or arguments which involves in many aspects of many subjects.
I'm not sure the word perplexing is used in a sense like baffling mostly but a novel's plot can be perplexing in a good/positive sense or when we use the perplexing we happen to suggest that we don't understand its context?
So can a software program, a machine, a film's/novel's plot, an art paint be convoluted?