boggle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v boggle overcome with amazement "This boggles the mind!"
    • v boggle startle with amazement or fear
    • v boggle hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Boggle To do anything awkwardly or unskillfully.
    • v. t Boggle To embarrass with difficulties; to make a bungle or botch of.
    • Boggle To play fast and loose; to dissemble.
    • Boggle To stop or hesitate as if suddenly frightened, or in doubt, or impeded by unforeseen difficulties; to take alarm; to exhibit hesitancy and indecision. "We start and boggle at every unusual appearance.""Boggling at nothing which serveth their purpose."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n boggle A dialectal form of bogle.
    • boggle To take alarm; start with fright; shy, as a horse.
    • boggle To hesitate; stop, as if afraid to proceed, or as if impeded by unforeseen difficulties; waver; shrink.
    • boggle To play fast and loose; dissemble; quibble; equivocate.
    • boggle To bungle; be awkward; make clumsy attempts.
    • n boggle The act of shying or taking alarm.
    • n boggle Objection; scruple; demur.
    • n boggle A bungle; a botch.
    • n boggle A pitcher or jug wrought in the figure of a man, not unlike a toby or toby-pitcher.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Boggle bog′l to stop or hesitate as if at a bogle: to start with fright: to make difficulties about a thing: to equivocate
    • n Boggle a scruple, objection: a bungle
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Bogle (n.)

Usage

In literature:

If he boggles at it at all I'll go up to Dublin and see him myself.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
But they both boggled at it.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
I boggled about it at first, and thought it was a regular blind lead.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
Otherwise, he'll boggle at them last verses.
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
Here Henry boggled a little.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
Pride will not allow him to boggle over bargains.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
However you would immediately require some specimen of my skill; and at that indeed I might boggle a little.
"The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano" by Ludwig Tieck
They were, in all, five articles; the only one they boggled at was the fifth, about the indemnity.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume II" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
While he boggled at it, Bolt was off on another tack.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Her brain boggled at an elusive spiritual idea.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
He tried the cloak next, but boggled sadly at the fastening of that, and at last was fain to call in help.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Even the blush he had boggled at came to his cheeks punctually whenever his sheep's-eyes met Fanny's.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
But X. boggled at going over the parapet.
"With Manchesters in the East" by Gerald B. Hurst
Ye might boggle it by yersel'.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
What he boggled at, henceforward, was a public apology for his disbelief, an acceptance, from the pulpit, of the King's veracity, as to the events.
"James VI and the Gowrie Mystery" by Andrew Lang
But he boggled when the boys appeared with cases of dynamite on their shoulder.
"The Flaming Mountain" by Harold Leland Goodwin
It boggles the enemy and at worst gives one of you a chance.
"Haviland's Chum" by Bertram Mitford
You might take a needle and boggle up your rags, as decency demands.
"Short Stories" by Fiodor Dostoievski
That's what boggles your scheme.
"The Onslaught from Rigel" by Fletcher Pratt
To-day you are wavering and boggling and hanging back, just as you did then.
"The Hallowell Partnership" by Katharine Holland Brown
***

In poetry:

"Thy token is safe i' t' Boggle Nook
(T' sea-mew plains when t' sun clims doon)
Thou can finnd it thisel, if thou'll gan an' look,
When t' tide cooms hoamin' in."
"Jenny Storm" by F W Moorman
Am I not measured by the Five-Year Plan?
Its falls and rises, aren't they also mine?
What shall I do, though, with my heartbeat, and
With things whose sluggishness boggles the mind?
"To Boris Pilnyak" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Several herds of caribou occupy the open Quebec tundra-like landscape in numbers that boggle the mind, more than 1,000,000 animals.
As is tradition with Strategic Group's Jason Strauss, Noah Tepperberg, Marc Packer and Rich Wolf, the opening was nothing short of mind-boggling.
Despite some of the mind boggling corporate decisions by the Walt Disney Mega empire in recent decades , they do still stumble across a product now and again worth getting excited about.
Friendship Christian has some mind-boggling statistics on offense.
" It's called "We know What You're Doing" It just boggles my mind what people post as their status on Facebook.
The Division III guard shattered the NCAA scoring record with 138 points, hoisting a mind-boggling 108 attempts -- or one shot every 20 seconds -- in eclipsing the previous record by 25 points.
These dapper New Yorkers may have been the first band in history cocky enough to name the first song on their debut album "Untitled" — and that barely begins to hint at their mind-boggling pretensions.
" Jay 's had injuries that are, just this year, that are just mind-boggling considering the player that he has been for us," Jones said on KRLD-FM.
Given the mind-boggling, globe-trotting schedule of John Henry , you can understand his reluctance to submit to a sit-down interview.
It still boggles my mind that several of my friends have never watched an episode of Downton Abbey or have never even heard of it.
CULLMAN — With five acres of corn planted and their mind-boggling design now created, the Daniel family of 4D Farm is bringing the " MAiZE craze" to Cullman Sept 29-Oct 31.
There's got to be so much copyright infringement going on here in this stiff 'Star Trek' spoof, it's almost mind-boggling.
After a Florida State trustee chairman roasted the ACC's new TV deal this week by calling it "mind-boggling" and "shocking," FSU president Eric Barron flatly denied his school's possible interest in joining the Big 12.
Catch cinema's most mind-boggling moments in scientific inaccuracy.
She has a mind-boggling 6,925 piercings , including 50 in her lady parts.
***

In science:

This idea that what a person does in one place could act instantly affect physical reality in a faraway place is a mind-boggling notion, and it was banished from classical physics by Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Even more mind-boggling is the possibility to travel along a timelike world line from any spacetime point to any other one.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
It is not totally unreasonable to speculate if and why the universe we experience with our senses and brains appears to be “(un)lawful.” Indeed, the “unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences” seems mind-boggling and tantamount to our (non)existence.
Indeterminism and Randomness Through Physics
These are massively parallel systems that can process a mind boggling amount of data in real time.
Conference Summary - Beauty 2000
Progress in higher order QCD computations of hard processes is mind boggling — progress useful, sometimes essential, for the interpretation of LHC experiments22 .
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
Introduction.– The development of quantum information science is based on a recurrent pattern: nonclassical features of quantum physics, previously considered as mind-boggling and worth only of philosophical chat, are found to have an operational meaning and even to be potentially useful for applications.
Device-independent bounds for Hardy's experiment
Any classical picture of a decay process is necessarily mind-boggling.
Van Hove's "\lambda^2 t" limit in nonrelativistic and relativistic field-theoretical models
***