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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Puzzle  \Puz"zle\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Puzzled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Puzzling}.] 
  1.  To  perplex;  to  confuse;  to  embarrass;  to  put  to  a  stand 
  to  nonplus. 
 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  To  embarrass;  perplex;  confuse;  bewilder;  confound.  See 
  {Embarrass}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  puzzling 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {enigmatic},  {enigmatical}] 
  2:  lacking  clarity  of  meaning;  causing  confusion  or  perplexity; 
  "sent  confusing  signals  to  Iraq";  "perplexing  to  someone 
  who  knew  nothing  about  it";  "a  puzzling  statement"  [syn:  {confusing}, 
  {perplexing}] 




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