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Definitions of problem

  1. a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved; "she and her husband are having problems"; "it is always a job to contact him"; "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a source of difficulty; "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. A difficult matter to be settled; in mathematics, something to be worked out. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Problematically. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A matter difficult of settlement or solution: (geom.) a proposition in which something is required to be done. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A question to be solved. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A perplexing question. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Problematic, problematical. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A question proposed for solution; any question involving doubt or uncertainty; a proposition requiring something to be done. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A question involving doubt or uncertainty proposed for solution; in geom., a proposition in which some operation or construction is required; in alg., a proposition which requires some unknown truth to be discovered or demonstrated; in logic, a proposition which, appearing neither absolutely true nor false, may consequently be asserted either in the affirmative or negative. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. The difference between a desired state and the existing state, or something that differs from the normal. thelawdictionary.org
  15. prob'lem, n. a matter difficult of settlement or solution: (geom.) a proposition in which something is required to be done.--adjs. PROBLEMAT'IC, -AL, of the nature of a problem: questionable: doubtful.--adv. PROBLEMAT'ICALLY.--v.i. PROB'LEMATISE. [Fr.,--L.,--Gr. probl[=e]ma--pro, before, ballein, to throw.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Doubtful or difficult question, as how to prevent it is a p., the p. of ventilation; (attrib.) p. play, novel, (in which social or other p. is treated); thing hard to understand, as his whole conduct is a p. to me; (Geom.) proposition in which something has to be done (cf. THEOREM); (Log.) the question (usu. only implied) involved in a syllogism; (Physics, Math.) inquiry starting from given conditions to investigate a fact, result, or law, as Kepler\'s p.; (Chess) arrangement of pieces on the board in which player is challenged to accomplish specified result, often under prescribed conditions. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. See Proposition. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  18. n. [Greek] A question proposed for solution ; hence, a matter difficult of solution or settlement ;-in logic, a proposition which seems absolutely neither true nor false, and which may be stated as affirmative or negative;-in mathematics, a proposition or theorem to be wrought out and demonstrated either by the actual construction of the lines, angles, planes, figures, &c., or by calculation of their relative positions and magnitudes ;-any mechanical or practical difficulty to be overcome. Cabinet Dictionary

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