from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Something, such as a game, toy, or problem, that requires ingenuity and often persistence in solving or assembling.
- noun Something that baffles or confuses; an enigma.
- noun The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment.
- intransitive verb To baffle or confuse mentally by presenting or being a difficult problem or matter. synonym: perplex.
- intransitive verb To clarify or solve (something confusing) by reasoning or study.
- intransitive verb To be perplexed.
- intransitive verb To ponder over a problem in an effort to solve or understand it.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To perplex or pose with or as with difficult points, problems, or questions; put to a stand; gravel.
- To entangle; make intricate.
- To resolve or discover by long cogitation or careful investigation; make out by mental labor; cogitate: with out.
- Synonyms Perplex, etc. (see
embarrass), pose, nonplus, bewilder, stagger.
- To be bewildered; be perplexed or posed.
- noun A difficult question or problem; specifically, a riddle, or a toy or contrivance which is designed to try one's ingenuity.
- noun Embarrassment; perplexity: as, to be in a puzzle, or in a state of puzzle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making.
- noun The state of being puzzled; perplexity.
- transitive verb To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus.
- transitive verb To make intricate; to entangle.
- transitive verb To solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; -- followed by
- intransitive verb To be bewildered, or perplexed.
- intransitive verb To work, as at a puzzle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Anything that is difficult to
understandor make sense of.
- noun A
gamefor one person that is more or less difficult to work outor complete.
- noun A
- noun A
- noun A
- verb transitive To
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb be a mystery or bewildering to
- noun a game that tests your ingenuity
- noun a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
- verb be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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