from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A question to be considered, solved, or answered: math problems; the problem of how to arrange transportation.
- n. A situation, matter, or person that presents perplexity or difficulty: was having problems breathing; considered the main problem to be his boss. See Usage Note at dilemma.
- n. A misgiving, objection, or complaint: I have a problem with his cynicism.
- adj. Difficult to deal with or control: a problem child.
- adj. Dealing with a moral or social problem: a problem play.
- idiom no problem Used to express confirmation of or compliance with a request.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.
- n. A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise.
- n. A puzzling circumstance.
- adj. Difficult to train or guide; unruly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A question proposed for solution; a matter stated for examination or proof; hence, a matter difficult of solution or settlement; a doubtful case; a question involving doubt.
- n. Anything which is required to be done; as, in geometry, to bisect a line, to draw a perpendicular; or, in algebra, to find an unknown quantity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A question proposed for decision or discussion; a matter for examination; any question involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty; also, a question with a discussion of it.
- n. Specifically In geometry, a proposition requiring some operation to be performed or construction to be executed, as to bisect a line, and the like.
- n. In English universities, a public disputation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a source of difficulty
- n. a question raised for consideration or solution
- n. a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved
Middle English probleme, from Old French, from Latin problēma, problēmat-, from Greek, from proballein, to throw before, put forward : pro-, before; see pro-2 + ballein, blē-, to throw.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin problema, from Ancient Greek πρόβλημα (problema, "anything thrown forward, hindrance, obstacle, anything projecting, a headland, promontory"), from προβάλλω (proballo, "to throw or lay something in front of someone, to put forward"), from προ- (pro-, "in front of") + βάλλω (ballo, "to throw, to cast, to hurl"). (Wiktionary)