1. something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained;
- Example: "how it got out is a mystery"
- Example: "it remains one of nature's secrets"
[syn: mystery, enigma, secret, closed book]
2. a difficult problem;
[syn: riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teaser]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
enigma \e*nig"ma\ ([-e]*n[i^]g"m[.a]), n.; pl. enigmas ([-e]*n[i^]g"m[.a]z). [L. aenigma, Gr. a'i`nigma, fr. a'ini`ssesqai to speak darkly, fr. a'i^nos tale, fable.] 1. A dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; a riddle; a statement, the hidden meaning of which is to be discovered or guessed. [1913 Webster] A custom was among the ancients of proposing an enigma at festivals. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. An action, mode of action, or thing, which cannot be satisfactorily explained; a puzzle; as, his conduct is an enigma. EnigmaticThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
The electro-mechanical cipher engine used by the Germans in World War II. Many of their messages were deciphered at Bletchley Park, by Alan Turing and others. (2000-09-30)U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Enigma, GA (town, FIPS 27596) Location: 31.40905 N, 83.33016 W Population (1990): 611 (266 housing units) Area: 8.5 sq km (land), 0.1 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 31749Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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