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Definition 1: a coarse sieve (as for gravel) - [noun denoting artifact]

(riddle is a kind of ...) a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles

Definition 2: a difficult problem - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for riddle in the sense of this definition

(riddle is a kind of ...) a question raised for consideration or solution

"our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"

Definition 3: explain a riddle - [verb of cognition]

(riddle is a kind of ...) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

"did you solve the problem?" "Work out your problems with the boss" "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out" "did you get it?" "Did you get my meaning?" "He could not work the math problem"

Definition 4: set a difficult problem or riddle - [verb of cognition]

Samples where riddle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • riddle me a riddle

(riddle is a kind of ...) be a mystery or bewildering to

"This beats me!" "Got me--I don't know the answer!" "a vexing problem" "This question really stuck me"

Definition 5: speak in riddles - [verb of communication]

(riddle is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

Definition 6: pierce with many holes - [verb of contact]

Samples where riddle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bullets riddled his body

(riddle is a kind of ...) make a hole into

"The needle pierced her flesh"

Definition 7: separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for riddle in the sense of this definition

(riddle is a kind of ...) separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

"sift the flour"

Definition 8: spread or diffuse through - [verb of contact]

Samples where riddle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration
  • music penetrated the entire building
  • His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks

Synonyms for riddle in the sense of this definition

(riddle is a kind of ...) pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

"The bullet penetrated her chest"

(... is a kind of riddle ) imbue with a spirit

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