Search Result for "riddle":
1. a difficult problem;
[syn: riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teaser]
2. a coarse sieve (as for gravel);
1. pierce with many holes;
- Example: "The bullets riddled his body"
2. set a difficult problem or riddle;
- Example: "riddle me a riddle"
3. separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff;
[syn: riddle, screen]
4. spread or diffuse through;
- Example: "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"
- Example: "music penetrated the entire building"
- Example: "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"
[syn: permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle]
5. speak in riddles;
6. explain a riddle;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Riddle \Rid"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Riddled (r[i^]d"d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Riddling (r[i^]d"dl[i^]ng).] 1. To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel. [1913 Webster] 2. To perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many holes in; as, a house riddled with shot. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Riddle \Rid"dle\, n. [For riddels, s being misunderstood as the plural ending; OE. ridels, redels. AS. r[=ae]dels; akin to D. raadsel, G. r[aum]thsel; fr. AS. r[=ae]dan to counsel or advise, also, to guess. [root]116. Cf. Read.] Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling. [1913 Webster] To wring from me, and tell to them, my secret, That solved the riddle which I had proposed. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 'T was a strange riddle of a lady. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Riddle \Rid"dle\ (r[i^]d"d'l), n. [OE. ridil, AS. hridder; akin to G. reiter, L. cribrum, and to Gr. kri`nein to distinguish, separate, and G. rein clean. See Crisis, Certain.] 1. A sieve with coarse meshes, usually of wire, for separating coarser materials from finer, as chaff from grain, cinders from ashes, or gravel from sand. [1913 Webster] 2. A board having a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Riddle \Rid"dle\, v. t. To explain; to solve; to unriddle. [1913 Webster] Riddle me this, and guess him if you can. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Riddle \Rid"dle\, v. i. To speak ambiguously or enigmatically. "Lysander riddles very prettily." --Shak. [1913 Webster]Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Riddle (Heb. hodah). The oldest and, strictly speaking, the only example of a riddle was that propounded by Samson (Judg. 14:12-18). The parabolic prophecy in Ezek. 17:2-18 is there called a "riddle." It was rather, however, an allegory. The word "darkly" in 1 Cor. 13:12 is the rendering of the Greek enigma; marg., "in a riddle."U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Riddle, OR (city, FIPS 61850) Location: 42.95370 N, 123.36612 W Population (1990): 1143 (427 housing units) Area: 1.7 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 97469Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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