puzzling


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puz·zle

 (pŭz′əl)
n.
1. Something, such as a game, toy, or problem, that requires ingenuity and often persistence in solving or assembling.
2. Something that baffles or confuses; an enigma: the puzzle of the author's true identity.
3. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment: I'm really in a puzzle over how this happened.
v. puz·zled, puz·zling, puz·zles
v.tr.
1. To baffle or confuse mentally by presenting or being a difficult problem or matter. See Synonyms at perplex.
2. To clarify or solve (something confusing) by reasoning or study: He puzzled out the significance of the statement.
v.intr.
1. To be perplexed.
2. To ponder over a problem in an effort to solve or understand it.

[Origin unknown.]

puz′zler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.puzzling - not clear to the understanding; "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later"; "prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries"
uncomprehensible, incomprehensible - difficult to understand; "the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible"- A. Einstein
2.puzzling - lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"
unclear - not clear to the mind; "the law itself was unclear on that point"; "the reason for their actions is unclear to this day"

puzzling

puzzling

adjective
Difficult to explain or understand:
Translations
مُحَيِّرمُرْبِك، مُحَيِّر
záhadný
forvirrende
hämmentävä
zbunjujućinerazumljivzamršen
furîulegur
困らせる
당황하게 하는
förbryllande
ทำให้งงงวย
khó giải quyết

puzzling

[ˈpʌzlɪŋ] ADJdesconcertante
it is puzzling thates raro or curioso que ...

puzzling

[ˈpʌzlɪŋ] adjdéconcertant(e)

puzzling

adjrätselhaft; story, mechanism, attitude, questionverwirrend; to be puzzling to somebodyjdm rätselhaft sein; the puzzling thing is that …das Verblüffende an der Sache ist, dass …

puzzling

[ˈpʌzlɪŋ] adj (question) → poco chiaro/a; (attitude, set of instructions) → incomprensibile

puzzle

(ˈpazl) verb
1. to perplex, baffle or bewilder. The question puzzled them; What puzzles me is how he got here so soon.
2. to think long and carefully about a problem etc. I puzzled over the sum for hours.
noun
1. a problem that causes a lot of thought. Her behaviour was a puzzle to him.
2. a kind of game or toy to test one's thinking, knowledge or skill. a jig-saw puzzle; a crossword puzzle.
ˈpuzzling adjective
difficult to understand. a puzzling remark.
puzzle out
to solve (a problem etc).

puzzling

مُحَيِّر záhadný forvirrende verwirrend δυσνόητος desconcertante hämmentävä déroutant zbunjujući sconcertante 困らせる 당황하게 하는 onbegrijpelijk gåtefull zakłopotany incompreensível приводящий в замешательство förbryllande ทำให้งงงวย şaşırtıcı khó giải quyết 迷惑人的
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And sometimes the grown-ups answer our question and make the puzzling things clear to us, sometimes they answer yet do not make the puzzling things any clearer to us, and sometimes they tell us not to trouble, that we will understand when we grow older.
And just as among little folks there are some who ask more questions and who "want to know" more than others, so among grown-ups there are some who more than others seek for the answer to those puzzling question.
Hard is the path from A to Z, And puzzling to a curly head, Yet leads to Books--Green, Blue, and Red.
Pudd'nhead was at home waiting for them and putting in his time puzzling over a thing which had come under his notice that morning.
He was now awaiting for the twins, and still puzzling over the problem of who that girl might be, and how she happened to be in that young fellow's room at daybreak in the morning.
That's a most puzzling expression for a natural science man, do you understand?
Tulliver did not willingly write a letter, and found the relation between spoken and written language, briefly known as spelling, one of the most puzzling things in this puzzling world.
One thing was puzzling him, a little thing that would have puzzled the world had it known.
Here was another puzzling question; and as Alice could not think of any good reason, and as the Caterpillar seemed to be in a VERY unpleasant state of mind, she turned away.
I went slowly along, puzzling about the machines, and had been too intent upon them to notice the gradual diminution of the light, until Weena's increasing apprehensions drew my attention.
"Yes, I have considered yours, frequently," I answered, puzzling over what I had seen in her eyes and puzzled by her sudden change of subject.
Thus may this puzzling phenomenon be explained, unless there be something over and above all that one has ever conjectured, seen, perceived, or experienced; which is just within the bounds of possibility."