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Noun problem has 3 senses


problemn. [F. problème, L. problema, fr. Gr. anything thrown forward, a question proposed for solution, fr. to throw or lay before; before, forward + to throw. Cf. Parable. ].
  •  A question proposed for solution; a matter stated for examination or proof; hence, a matter difficult of solution or settlement; a doubtful case; a question involving doubt.  Bacon.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Anything which is required to be done; as, in geometry, to bisect a line, to draw a perpendicular; or, in algebra, to find an unknown quantity.  [1913 Webster]
    " Problem differs from theorem in this, that a problem is something to be done, as to bisect a triangle, to describe a circle, etc.; a theorem is something to be proved, as that all the angles of a triangle are equal to two right angles."  [1913 Webster]
Plane problem (Geom.), a problem that can be solved by the use of the rule and compass. -- Solid problem (Geom.), a problem requiring in its geometric solution the use of a conic section or higher curve.


problem, n.
1 a doubtful or difficult matter requiring a solution (how to prevent it is a problem; the problem of ventilation).
2 something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with.
3 (attrib.) a causing problems; difficult to deal with (problem child). b (of a play, novel, etc.) in which a social or other problem is treated.
4 a Physics & Math. an inquiry starting from given conditions to investigate or demonstrate a fact, result, or law. b Geom. a proposition in which something has to be constructed (cf. THEOREM).
5 a (in various games, esp. chess) an arrangement of men, cards, etc., in which the solver has to achieve a specified result. b a puzzle or question for solution.

ME f. OF probleme or L problema f. Gk problema -matos f. proballo (as PRO-(2), ballo throw)



Chinese puzzle, ado, aggravation, annoyance, anxiety, bad news, baffle, bafflement, baffling problem, basis, bedevilment, besetment, bewilderment, blemish, bone of contention, bore, bother, botheration, bothersomeness, brain twister, bug, bugaboo, bugbear, burden, can of worms, case, catch, catechism, chapter, complication, concern, confoundment, confusion, conundrum, count, crack, crashing bore, cross-interrogatory, cross-question, crossword puzzle, crux, debating point, defect, defection, deficiency, delinquent, demand, devilment, difficult, difficulty, dilemma, disadvantage, discomposure, disconcert, disconcertedness, disconcertion, disconcertment, disturbance, disturbed, dogging, downer, drag, drawback, embarrassment, enigma, enigmatic question, essence, evil, exasperation, facer, failing, failure, fault, faute, feeler, fix, flaw, floorer, focus of attention, focus of interest, foible, frailty, gist, great ado, harassment, harrying, head, headache, heading, hole, hounding, illustration, imbroglio, imperfection, inadequacy, inconvenience, incorrigible, infirmity, inquiry, interrogation, interrogative, interrogatory, intractable, issue, jam, jigsaw puzzle, kink, knot, knotty point, leader, leading question, little problem, living issue, main point, maladjusted, matter, matter in hand, meat, mess, mind-boggler, molestation, moot point, motif, motive, muddle, mystery, nonplus, nuisance, nut, nut to crack, obstreperous, peck of troubles, perplexed question, perplexity, persecution, perturbation, pest, pickle, plight, point, point at issue, point in question, poser, pother, predicament, pretty pickle, puzzle, puzzlement, puzzler, quandary, query, question, question at issue, question mark, quodlibet, refractory, riddle, rift, rubric, scrape, sea of troubles, shortcoming, sixty-four dollar question, snag, something missing, stew, sticker, stumper, subject, subject matter, subject of thought, substance, taint, text, theme, topic, tough proposition, trial, trial balloon, trouble, unassuredness, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unmanageable, unruly, upset, vexation, vexatiousness, vexed question, vulnerable place, weak link, weak point, weakness, why, worriment, worry




N topic, subject of thought, material for thought, food for the mind, mental pabulum, subject, subject matter, matter, theme, noemata, topic, what it is about, thesis, text, business, affair, matter in hand, argument, motion, resolution, head, chapter, case, point, proposition, theorem, field of inquiry, moot point, problem, thought of, uppermost in the mind, in petto, under consideration, in question, in the mind, on foot, on the carpet, on the docket, on the tapis, relative to.


N inquiry, request, search, research, quest, pursuit, examination, review, scrutiny, investigation, indagation, perquisition, perscrutation, pervestigation, inquest, inquisition, exploration, exploitation, ventilation, sifting, calculation, analysis, dissection, resolution, induction, Baconian method, strict inquiry, close inquiry, searching inquiry, exhaustive inquiry, narrow search, strict search, study, scire facias, ad referendum, trial, questioning, interrogation, interrogatory, interpellation, challenge, examination, cross-examination, catechism, feeler, Socratic method, zetetic philosophy, leading question, discussion, reconnoitering, reconnaissance, prying, espionage, espionnage, domiciliary visit, peep behind the curtain, lantern of Diogenes, question, query, problem, desideratum, point to be solved, porism, subject of inquiry, field of inquiry, subject of controversy, point in dispute, matter in dispute, moot point, issue, question at issue, bone of contention, plain question, fair question, open question, enigma, knotty point, quodlibet, threshold of an inquiry, inquirer, investigator, inquisitor, inspector, querist, examiner, catechist, scrutator scrutineer scrutinizer, analyst, quidnunc, inquiry, inquisitive, requisitive, requisitory, catechetical, inquisitorial, analytic, in search of, in quest of, on the lookout for, interrogative, zetetic, all searching, undetermined, untried, undecided, in question, in dispute, in issue, in course of inquiry, under discussion, under consideration, under investigation, sub judice, moot, proposed, doubtful, quaere?, what?, why?, wherefore?, whence?, whither?, where?, how comes it?, how happens it?, how is it?, what is the reason?, what's the matter?, nicht wahr?, what's in the wind?, what on earth?, when?, who?.


N secret, dead secret, profound secret, arcanum, mystery, latency, Asian mystery, sealed book, secrets of the prison house, le desous des cartes, enigma, riddle, puzzle, nut to crack, conundrum, charade, rebus, logogriph, monogram, anagram, Sphinx, crux criticorum, maze, labyrinth, Hyrcynian wood, intricacy, meander, problem, paradox, unintelligibility, terra incognita, secret, involved, labyrinthine, labyrinthian, mazy, confidential, top secret.

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