- probleme ( obsolete )
- IPA: /ˈpɹɒbləm/
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin problema, from Ancient Greek πρόβλημα ( problema, “anything thrown forward, hindrance, obstacle, anything projecting, a headland, promontory” ), from προβάλλω ( proballo, “to throw or lay something in front of someone, to put forward” ), from προ- ( pro-, “in front of” ) + βάλλω ( ballo, “to throw, to cast, to hurl” ) .
Explanation of problem by Wordnet Dictionary
- what's the problem?
- Problem n. [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. ]
1. 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.
2. ( Math. ) 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.
☞ 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.
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.
Definition of problem by GCIDE Dictionary