What does difficulty mean?

Definitions for difficulty
ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌl ti, -kəl tidif·fi·cul·ty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word difficulty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trouble, difficulty(noun)

    an effort that is inconvenient

    "I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"

  2. difficulty(noun)

    a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result

    "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"

  3. difficulty(noun)

    a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome

    "grappling with financial difficulties"

  4. difficulty, difficultness(noun)

    the quality of being difficult

    "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"

Wiktionary

  1. difficulty(Noun)

    The state of being difficult, or hard to do.

    Etymology: From difficultee, from difficulté, from difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis, from dis- + facilis; see difficile and difficult.

  2. difficulty(Noun)

    An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.

    We faced a difficulty.

    Etymology: From difficultee, from difficulté, from difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis, from dis- + facilis; see difficile and difficult.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Difficulty(noun)

    the state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; -- opposed to easiness or facility; as, the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of difficulty

  2. Difficulty(noun)

    something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand; that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology

  3. Difficulty(noun)

    a controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil

  4. Difficulty(noun)

    embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; -- usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. difficulty

    A word unknown to true salts.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1652

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1772

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Nouns Frequency: #323

How to pronounce difficulty?

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How to say difficulty in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of difficulty in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of difficulty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of difficulty in a Sentence

  1. Julian AssangeA:

    I'm having difficulty concentrating, this noise is not helpful either, i'm very appreciative of the public support and understand they must be disgusted by these proceedings.

  2. Rami Abdulrahman:

    This is because of the difficulty of activists reaching areas hit by the coalition and also because the Islamic State keeps a tight lid on it's human losses.

  3. Elon Musk:

    This quarter, as with Q3, shipment of higher priced Model 3 variants (this time to Europe and Asia) will hopefully allow us, with great difficulty, effort and some luck, to target a tiny profit.

  4. John Berger:

    The human imagination... has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Sometimes, adversity/difficulty marks a turning point in one's lifetime i.e. sometimes it ends up turning one's life around. I mean, it finally makes one's life better and never worse.

Images & Illustrations of difficulty

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