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. Patrick Soon-Shiong:

    Everybody is focusing on one little piece of the puzzle, but the tumor is too smart. It has too many fail safes. We need to attack the entire tumor system.

  2. Noah Schumacher:

    Its kind of like a big puzzle piece.

  3. Donald Hensrud:

    The obesity epidemic is a result of a number of different and complex influences, recommending smaller plates is just one piece of a very large puzzle.

  4. Per Henningsson:

    Butterflies look different from many other flying animals, compared to birds and bats. They have a very extreme wing shape -- very large, short but very broad wings compared to their little body, that is a bit of a puzzle, because that sort of wing is quite inefficient.

  5. Robin Beaman:

    It's fitting the pieces of the puzzle back together. And it's not just an academic exercise, the great gas resources for Australia are in the west, and if you fit that jigsaw back, you get more of a picture of how those gas resources were created.

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  • معضلة, لغز, بازل, أحجيةArabic
  • башватҡыс, йомаҡBashkir
  • галаваломкаBelarusian
  • главоблъсканицаBulgarian
  • záhada, hádanka, hlavolamCzech
  • gådeDanish
  • Puzzle, Geduldspiel, Rätsel, [[durcheinander]] [[bringen]], verwirren, GeduldsspielGerman
  • dejar perplejo, rompecabezas, intrigar, puzle, desconcertar, enigmaSpanish
  • معماPersian
  • pähkinä, pulma, tehtävä, arvoitus, askarruttaaFinnish
  • puzzle, casse-tête, jeu de patience, mystère, devinette, énigmeFrench
  • dubh-fhacalScottish Gaelic
  • rejtvény, kirakós játékHungarian
  • púslIcelandic
  • rompicapo, indovinello, misteroItalian
  • חִידָהHebrew
  • 判じ物, 謎, パズルJapanese
  • 수수께끼Korean
  • puzzleLatin
  • whakapōkaikaha, panga, whakapōkīkīMāori
  • гатанка, загаткаMacedonian
  • teka-tekiMalay
  • verwarren, raadsel, hersenbreker, mysterie, verbijsteren, puzzel, in de war brengenDutch
  • puslespillNorwegian
  • rebus, łamigłówka, zagadkaPolish
  • enigma, confundir, desconcertar, intrigar, desafio, charadaPortuguese
  • загадка, ребус, затруднение, головоломка, пазлRussian
  • zȁgonētka, загонетка, smȅsti, zbúnitiSerbo-Croatian
  • hlavolam, hádankaSlovak
  • ugankaSlovene
  • pussel, huvudbry, gåtaSwedish
  • புதிர்Tamil
  • bulmacaTurkish
  • головоломка, пазл, загадкаUkrainian
  • câu đốVietnamese
  • 难题Chinese

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    • A. excogitate
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