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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Enigma  \E*nig"ma\,  n.;  pl  {Enigmas}.  [L.  aenigma,  Gr  ?,  fr  ? 
  to  speak  darkly,  fr  ?  tale,  fable.] 
  1.  A  dark,  obscure,  or  inexplicable  saying;  a  riddle;  a 
  statement,  the  hidden  meaning  of  which  is  to  be  discovered 
  or  guessed. 
 
  A  custom  was  among  the  ancients  of  proposing  an 
  enigma  at  festivals.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  An  action  mode  of  action  or  thing  which  cannot  be 
  satisfactorily  explained;  a  puzzle;  as  his  conduct  is  an 
  enigma. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  enigma 
  n  1:  something  that  baffles  understanding  and  cannot  be 
  explained;  "how  it  got  out  is  a  mystery";  "it  remains 
  one  of  nature's  secrets"  [syn:  {mystery},  {secret},  {closed 
  book}] 
  2:  a  difficult  problem  [syn:  {riddle},  {conundrum},  {brain-teaser}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  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):  31749 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Enigma 
 
    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) 
 
 




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