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  8  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Riddle  \Rid"dle\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Riddled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  1.  To  separate,  as  grain  from  the  chaff,  with  a  riddle;  to 
  pass  through  a  riddle;  as  riddle  wheat;  to  riddle  coal  or 
  2.  To  perforate  so  as  to  make  like  a  riddle;  to  make  many 
  holes  in  as  a  house  riddled  with  shot. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Riddle  \Rid"dle\,  n.  [For  riddels  s  being  misunderstood  as  the 
  plural  ending;  OE  ridels  redels.  AS  r?dels;  akin  to  D. 
  raadsel  G.  r["a]thsel;  fr  AS  r?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. 
  To  wring  from  me  and  tell  to  them  my  secret,  That 
  solved  the  riddle  which  I  had  proposed.  --Milton. 
  'T  was  a  strange  riddle  of  a  lady.  --Hudibras. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Riddle  \Rid"dle\,  n.  [OE.  ridil,  AS  hridder;  akin  to  G.  reiter, 
  L.  cribrum  and  to  Gr  ???  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. 
  2.  A  board  having  a  row  of  pins,  set  zigzag,  between  which 
  wire  is  drawn  to  straighten  it 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Riddle  \Rid"dle\,  v.  t. 
  To  explain;  to  solve;  to  unriddle. 
  Riddle  me  this  and  guess  him  if  you  can.  --Dryden. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Riddle  \Rid"dle\,  v.  i. 
  To  speak  ambiguously  or  enigmatically.  ``Lysander  riddels 
  very  prettily.''  --Shak. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  difficult  problem  [syn:  {conundrum},  {enigma},  {brain-teaser}] 
  2:  a  coarse  sieve  (as  for  gravel) 
  v  1:  pierce  many  times;  "The  bullets  riddled  his  body" 
  2:  set  a  riddle 
  3:  separate  with  a  riddle,  as  grain  from  chaff  [syn:  {screen}] 
  4:  speak  in  riddles 
  5:  explain  a  riddle 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  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):  97469 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (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." 

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