Definitions of difficulty

  1. a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand; that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; - opposed to easiness or facility; as, the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of difficulty. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; - usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. State of being hard or perplexing; something hard to do; scruple; objection; hindrance. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Laboriousness: obstacle: objection: that which cannot be easily understood or believed: embarrassment of affairs. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. The state or quality of being difficult; an obstacle; hindrance; objection; trouble; distress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The state of being difficult; anything difficult; obstacle; objection. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. That which is hard to be done; an obstacle; perplexity; distress. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for difficulty

  1. When in this wise she had her speech unloosed, She 'gan to sing so, that with difficulty Could I have turned my thoughts away from her. – Divine-Comedy-Longfellow-s-Translation-Complete by Dante Alighieri
  2. He found the place with some difficulty – Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson