puzzle

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. riddle, conundrum, poser, enigma; mystification, perplexity, complication; dilemma, bewilderment, confusion. —v. t. confound, perplex, bewilder, confuse, mystify. See difficulty, unintelligibility, secret.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The state of being puzzled]
Syn. bewilderment, bafflement, perplexity, puzzlement; see confusion 2 .
2. [A problem]
Syn. enigma, mystery, riddle, problem, question, conundrum, tangle, dilemma, quandary, issue, intricacy, maze, labyrinth, query, oracle, cabala, muddle, esoterica, secret, ambiguity, difficulty, perplexity, confusion, entanglement, frustration, paradox, puzzler, poser, teaser, brain teaser, stumper, question mark, stickler*, sixty-four dollar question*; see also difficulty 1 , riddle 1 .
Ant. answer*, solution, development.
3. [A problem to be worked for amusement].
Kinds of puzzles include: riddle, conundrum, cryptogram, logogram, crossword, jigsaw, anagram, palindRome, brain teaser, acrostic, charade, rebus, puzzle-ring, Chinese puzzle. a puzzle is a situation, problem, or, often, a contrivance, that requires some ingenuity to solve or explain; mystery is applied to something beyond human knowledge or understanding, or may refer merely to any unexplained or seemingly inexplicable matter; enigma specifically applies to something whose meaning is hidden by cryptic or ambiguous allusions, or generally, to anything baffling and often mysterious; a riddle is a problem or enigma (usually in the form of a question in guessing games) that involves paradoxes; conundrum is specifically applied to a riddle whose answer is a pun, or generally, to any puzzling question or problem v.
1. [To perplex]
Syn. baffle, bewilder, perplex, mystify; see confuse .
2. [To wonder]
Syn. marvel, be surprised, be astonished; see wonder 1 .
See Synonym Study at confuse .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
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n.
mystery, conundrum, problem, poser, riddle, enigma, maze, labyrinth.
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v.
perplex, confuse, bewilder, stump, baffle, mystify, confound, befog, *bamboozle.
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb To cause to be unclear in mind or intent: addle, befuddle, bewilder, confound, confuse, discombobulate, dizzy, fuddle, jumble, mix up, muddle, mystify, perplex. Informal: throw. Idiom: make one's head reel (or swim or whirl). See CLEAR, FEELINGS. II noun Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret: conundrum, enigma, mystery, perplexity, puzzler, riddle. See SHOW.

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  • puzzle — [ pɶzl; pɶzɶl ] n. m. • 1909; mot angl. , de to puzzle « embarrasser » 1 ♦ Jeu de patience composé d éléments à assembler pour reconstituer un dessin. ⇒région. casse tête. Faire un puzzle. 2 ♦ Fig. Multiplicité d éléments qu un raisonnement… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • puzzle — s.n. Joc de perspicacitate care constă în îmbinarea unor piese pentru a reconstitui un obiect, o imagine. [pr.: pazl] – cuv. engl. Trimis de ana zecheru, 27.04.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  PUZZLE [pr.: pazl] n. Joc care constă în capacitatea de a îmbina …   Dicționar Român

  • Puzzle — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Un puzzle o puzle puede referirse a: Un rompecabezas, un juego en el que hay que armar una figura. Un crucigrama o juego de palabras cruzadas. Un puzzle compacto es un autodefinido o crucigrama compacto. Un acertijo …   Wikipedia Español

  • puzzle# — puzzle vb Puzzle, perplex, mystify, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound are comparable when they mean to disturb and baffle mentally or throw into mental confusion. The first three words express various mental reactions to what is… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • puzzle — (del inglés; pronunciamos puzle ) sustantivo masculino 1. Juego que consiste en reconstruir una figura dividida en piezas irregulares planas, combinando éstas después de haberlas desordenado: hacer un puzzle, un puzzle de mil piezas. Sinónimo:… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • puzzle — [puz′əl] vt. puzzled, puzzling [ME * poselen (inferred < pp. poselet), to bewilder, confuse < ?] to perplex; confuse; bewilder; nonplus vi. 1. to be perplexed, etc. 2. to exercise one s mind, as over the solution of a problem n. 1. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Puzzle — Puz zle, v. i. 1. To be bewildered, or perplexed. [1913 Webster] A puzzling fool, that heeds nothing. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puzzle — puz zle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {puzzled} (p[u^]z z ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {puzzling} (p[u^]z zl[i^]ng).] 1. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus. [1913 Webster] A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Puzzle — Sn (ein aus Einzelteilen zusammenzusetzendes Bild) erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. (jigsaw) puzzle, letzteres eigentlich Verwirrung .    Ebenso nndl. puzzel, nfrz. puzzle, nschw. pussel. ✎ Rey Debove/Gagnon (1988), 805f.;… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Puzzle — Puzzle: Die Bezeichnung für das Geduldsspiel, bei dem aus vielen Einzelteilen ein Bild zusammenzusetzen ist, wurde im 20. Jh. aus engl. puzzle »Verwirrung; Rätsel, Geduldsspiel« entlehnt, dessen weitere Herkunft dunkel ist. – Abl.: puzzeln »ein… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • puzzle — puz zle (p[u^]z z l), n. [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See {Oppose}, {Pose}, v.] 1. Something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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