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Meaning of problem by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    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” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈpɹɒbləm/


    problem ( plural: problems or problemata )

    1. A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with .
    2. A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise .
    3. A puzzling circumstance .



    problem ( not comparable )

    1. Difficult to train or guide; unruly .

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    • problem in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • problem in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • problem at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of problem by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a source of difficulty

    2. what's the problem?
    3. a question raised for consideration or solution

    4. our homework consisted of ten problems to solve
    5. a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved

    6. she and her husband are having problems
      urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog

    Definition of problem by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.