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Definition of Riddle

Riddle

  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.
  3. To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel.
  4. To perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many holes in; as, a house riddled with shot.
  5. Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling.
  6. To explain; to solve; to unriddle.
  7. To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.

Riddle Quotations

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Winston Churchill

It's like the riddle of the Sphinx... why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?
Sarah Jessica Parker

It is of first-class importance that our answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx should be in step with how we conduct our civilisation, and this should in turn be in step with the actual workings of living systems.
Gregory Bateson

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
Karl Kraus

Well, I believe life is a Zen koan, that is, an unsolvable riddle. But the contemplation of that riddle - even though it cannot be solved - is, in itself, transformative. And if the contemplation is of high enough quality, you can merge with the divine.
Tom Robbins
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Riddle Translations

riddle in Dutch is puzzel, raadsel
riddle in Finnish is arvoitus
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