puzzle

Definition of puzzle

puz´zle   Pronunciation: pŭz´z'ld
n.1.Something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making.
2.The state of being puzzled; perplexity; as, to be in a puzzle.
v. t.1.To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus.
[imp. & p. p. puzzled (pŭz"z'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. puzzling (pŭz"zlĭng).]
A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous in puzzling others.
- Dr. H. More.
He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his own blunders.
- Addison.
2.To make intricate; to entangle.
They disentangle from the puzzled skein.
- Cowper.
The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate,
Puzzled in mazes, and perplexed with error.
- Addison.
3.To solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; - followed by out; as, to puzzle out a mystery.
v. i.1.To be bewildered, or perplexed.
A puzzling fool, that heeds nothing.
- L'Estrange.
2.To work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem.

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