What does enigma mean?

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əˈnɪg mə; -mə təenig·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mystery, enigma, secret, closed booknoun

    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

    "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"

  2. riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teasernoun

    a difficult problem

Wiktionary

  1. enigmanoun

    Something puzzling, mysterious or inexplicable

    Etymology: From aenigma, from .

  2. enigmanoun

    A riddle, or a difficult problem

    Etymology: From aenigma, from .

  3. Enigmanoun

    A German device used during World War II to encode strategic messages

    Etymology: From aenigma, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enigmanoun

    a dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; a riddle; a statement, the hidden meaning of which is to be discovered or guessed

    Etymology: [L. aenigma, Gr. a'i`nigma, fr. a'ini`ssesqai to speak darkly, fr. a'i^nos tale, fable.]

  2. Enigmanoun

    an action, mode of action, or thing, which cannot be satisfactorily explained; a puzzle; as, his conduct is an enigma

    Etymology: [L. aenigma, Gr. a'i`nigma, fr. a'ini`ssesqai to speak darkly, fr. a'i^nos tale, fable.]

Freebase

  1. Enigma

    Enigma is an electronic musical project founded in Germany by Michael Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson in 1990. The Romanian-born Cretu conceived the Enigma project while working in Germany, but based his recording studio A.R.T. Studios in Ibiza, Spain, from the early 1990s until May 2009, where he has recorded all of Enigma's studio releases to date. Cretu is both the composer and the producer of the project. His former wife, pop singer Sandra, often provided vocals on Enigma tracks. Jens Gad co-arranged and played guitar on three of the Enigma albums. Peter Cornelius also contributed to Enigma during the 1990s. Seven studio albums have been produced under the name of the project.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enigma

    en-ig′ma, n. a statement with a hidden meaning to be guessed: anything very obscure: a riddle.—adjs. Enigmat′ic, -al, relating to, containing, or resembling an enigma: obscure: puzzling.—adv. Enigmat′ically.—v.t. Enig′matise, to utter or deal in riddles.—ns. Enig′matist, one who enigmatises; Enigmatog′raphy, science of enigmas and their solution. [L. ænigma—Gr. ainigmaainissesthai, to speak darkly—ainos, a fable.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enigma in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enigma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of enigma in a Sentence

  1. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    An enigma is a chance for you to do your uprising.

  2. Cassandra Hatton:

    This manuscript dates from the time when Turing was engaged in the crucial task of breaking the Enigma Code, its mathematical content gives an extraordinary insight into the working mind of one of the greatest luminaries of the 20th Century.

  3. Sir Winston Churchill, Radio speech, 1939:

    I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.

  4. Jared Leadbetter:

    There is a whole set of environmental engineering literature on drinking-water-distribution systems getting clogged by manganese oxides, but how and for what reason such material is generated there has remained an enigma. Clearly, many scientists have considered that bacteria using manganese for energy might be responsible, but evidence supporting this idea was not available until now.

  5. Winston Churchill:

    I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.

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