What does puzzle mean?

Definitions for puzzle
ˈpʌz əlpuz·zle

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teasernoun

    a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution

    "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"

  2. puzzleverb

    a game that tests your ingenuity

  3. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfoundverb

    be a mystery or bewildering to

    "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"

  4. puzzleverb

    be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide

    "We puzzled over her sudden departure"

Wiktionary

  1. puzzlenoun

    Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.

    Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle.

  2. puzzlenoun

    A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.

  3. puzzlenoun

    A crossword puzzle.

  4. puzzlenoun

    A jigsaw puzzle.

  5. puzzlenoun

    A riddle.

  6. puzzleverb

    To perplex (someone).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puzzle

    something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making

    Etymology: [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See Oppose, Pose, v.]

  2. Puzzle

    the state of being puzzled; perplexity; as, to be in a puzzle

    Etymology: [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See Oppose, Pose, v.]

  3. Puzzleverb

    to perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus

    Etymology: [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See Oppose, Pose, v.]

  4. Puzzleverb

    to make intricate; to entangle

    Etymology: [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See Oppose, Pose, v.]

  5. Puzzleverb

    to solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; -- followed by out; as, to puzzle out a mystery

    Etymology: [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See Oppose, Pose, v.]

  6. Puzzleverb

    to be bewildered, or perplexed

    Etymology: [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See Oppose, Pose, v.]

  7. Puzzleverb

    to work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem

    Etymology: [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See Oppose, Pose, v.]

Freebase

  1. Puzzle

    A puzzle is a problem or enigma that tests the ingenuity of the solver. In a basic puzzle, one is intended to put together pieces in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution. Puzzles are often contrived as a form of entertainment, but they can also stem from serious mathematical or logistical problems — in such cases, their successful resolution can be a significant contribution to mathematical research. Solutions to puzzles may require recognizing patterns and creating a particular order. People with a high inductive reasoning aptitude may be better at solving these puzzles than others. Puzzles based on the process of inquiry and discovery to complete may be solved faster by those with good deduction skills.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Puzzle

    puz′l, n. a difficulty to be solved: perplexity: something to try the ingenuity, as a toy or riddle.—v.t. to set a difficult question to: to pose: to perplex.—v.i. to be bewildered: to think long and carefully (with out, over).—ns. Puzz′ledom (coll.), bewilderment; Puzz′le-head, one who is puzzle-headed.—adj. Puzz′le-head′ed, having the head full of confused notions.—ns. Puzz′le-head′edness; Puzz′lement, the state of being puzzled; Puzz′le-monk′ey (same as Monkey-puzzle, q.v.); Puzz′le-peg, a piece of wood so secured under a dog's jaw as to keep his nose from the ground; Puzz′ler; Puzz′le-ring, a ring made of several small rings intricately linked together, capable of being taken apart and put together again.—adj. Puzz′ling, posing: perplexing.—adv. Puzz′lingly. [From M. E. opposaile (Eng. opposal), an objection—opposen, posen. Cf. Pose and Oppose.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of puzzle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of puzzle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of puzzle in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Wichman:

    The next piece of the puzzle that will likely emerge is a sample of the malware and/or if a true zero-day vulnerability was used.

  2. Tom Zegan:

    Just because you saw one piece of the puzzle doesn’t mean you see the whole picture.

  3. Aaron Seitz:

    As soon as you begin using strategies to solve the puzzle, you've taken the load off of your attention and memory processes which may lessen Wordle's potential benefits, my general advice is to pick a brain activity that provides a challenge.

  4. Kristina Dahl:

    There is a complete lack of measurements [in Aden, Yemen] between 1970 and 2010. ... In cases such as this, researchers have to try to fit the different data chunks together like pieces of a puzzle. You can imagine how difficult it is to infer long-term trends over the past 100 years when 40 years of data are missing.

  5. Matthew Schimenti:

    We're losing more people than we're bringing into the industry, people made decisions in their lives to leave the region and the industry [ during the pandemic ]. It was like putting a puzzle back together to restart where we literally called a timeout.

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