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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jig′saw puz`zle(n.)

  1. a set of irregularly cut pieces of pasteboard, wood, or the like that form a picture or design when fitted together.

    Category: Games

  2. a complex, confusing situation, condition, or item.

Origin of jigsaw puzzle:

1905–10

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jigsaw puzzle(noun)

    a puzzle that requires you to reassemble a picture that has been mounted on a stiff base and cut into interlocking pieces

Wiktionary

  1. jigsaw puzzle(Noun)

    A type of puzzle in which the aim is to reconstruct a picture that has been cut (originally, with a jigsaw) into many small interlocking pieces.

  2. Origin: jigsaw + puzzle

Freebase

  1. Jigsaw puzzle

    A jigsaw puzzle is a tiling puzzle that requires the assembly of numerous small, often oddly shaped, interlocking and tessellating pieces. Each piece usually has a small part of a picture on it; when complete, a jigsaw puzzle produces a complete picture. In some cases more advanced types have appeared on the market, such as spherical jigsaws and puzzles showing optical illusions. Jigsaw puzzles were originally created by painting a picture on a flat, rectangular piece of wood, and then cutting that picture into small pieces with a jigsaw, hence the name. John Spilsbury, a London mapmaker and engraver, is credited with commercializing jigsaw puzzles around 1760. Jigsaw puzzles have since come to be made primarily on cardboard. Typical images found on jigsaw puzzles include scenes from nature, buildings, and repetitive designs. Castles and mountains are two traditional subjects. However, any kind of picture can be used to make a jigsaw puzzle; some companies offer to turn personal photographs into puzzles. Completed puzzles can also be attached to a backing with adhesive to be used as artwork. During recent years a range of jigsaw puzzle accessories including boards, cases, frames and roll-up mats has become available that are designed to assist jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts.

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