• WordNet 3.6
    • n difficultness the quality of being difficult "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frog-eating bats identify edible frogs from poisonous ones by listening to the mating calls of male frogs. Frogs counter this by hiding and using short, difficult to locate calls
    • n Difficultness Difficulty.
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  • Saadi
    “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”
  • Charles Peguy
    Charles Peguy
    “We must always tell what we see. Above all, and this is more difficult, we must always see what we see.”
  • Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
    “All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.”
  • Marcel Proust
    “The human plagiarism which is most difficult to avoid, for individuals... is the plagiarism of ourselves.”
  • Niels Bohr
    Niels Bohr
    “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious.”


In literature:

The feat would be a difficult one, he thought.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
They made many mistakes; they were combative, often difficult to deal with.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
I was being dragged back face to face with many questions difficult to solve.
"Women's Wild Oats" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
It is difficult to say from an external examination.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
On the whole, the scale as Binet left it was decidedly too easy in the lower ranges, and too difficult in the upper.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
Her prevailing sensation was annoyance with herself for having been so difficult to lead.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Under these circumstances the working of the hospitals was difficult, and the officers both of the R.A.M.C.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
It was difficult to give them all away.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
This is why it is sometimes so difficult to tell whether the case is one of tonsilitis or diphtheria.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Often the water with which bread is baked causes it to be difficult of digestion.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk

In poetry:

Or we the past forget,
And heal her wounds too tenderly to last?
Or let today grow difficult and vast
With traitors unvoiced yet?
"To The Old Year—1865" by Mary Baker Eddy
Is there a deed so difficult for us
That none but Thou canst ask?
Thine asking be our answering. Lo! swift
Be ours that happy task.
"Hymn" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
"E'en threats to punish, and to kill
With tortures difficult to bear,
Seem as they would not higher fill
The measure of my own despair!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Fourth" by Matilda Betham
Man's greatest lesson is mankind,
A problem difficult to solve,
I've turned it over in my mind,
And reached, at last, this sage resolve:
"Kind Gentlemen And Ladies Fair" by David John Scott
It matters not how stiff and sheer
The climb -- how difficult the sum,
I am the man they've got to hear!
I am the man that's bound to come!
"The Good Conceit" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Navigation was always a difficult art,
Though with only one ship and one bell:
And he feared he must really decline, for his part,
Undertaking another as well.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Jim McIsaac/Getty Josh Thole has had a very difficult season for the Mets.
CORPUS CHRISTI — The middle of summer is a difficult time to keep plants in bloom.
I made these Lakewood Police badges and added them to my son's bedroom window along with blue Christmas lights, but found they were difficult to see from the street.
I know it is difficult to pay attention to local government.
What's your most difficult body part to dress.
'This is the most difficult time to invest'.
Ill Paton Walsh's new novel pulls off a difficult trick -- it successfully metamorphoses from a novel of ideas into a thriller.
She can be very dif­fi­cult to deal with and has cut her­self off from us since my hus­band and I mar­ried five years ago.
Seattle has had a difficult time embracing its industrial port city roots of late.
Safely going along to get along in these difficult economic times racks up much higher costs for our children, your students, yourselves.
HOUSTON – (Aug 20, 2012) – What comes naturally to most people – to think and then do – is difficult for stroke patients who have lost the full use of their limbs.
It is beautiful, and it is difficult to watch.
Critics say that it costs too much, is difficult to administer, and is fraught with liability problems.
Europe 'Very Difficult', Euro ` Brittle '.
The White House strategy of equating Democratic dissent with defeatism worked during the 2002 and 2004 elections, but it could prove more difficult this time.

In science:

Although Socio-Technical patterns have existed for years, their application to real life projects has proven to be difficult.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
We asked him why he took the coordinating role and how difficult it was to coordinate the bug reports as well as the project as a whole.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
These patterns are potentially useful for managing systems development, but it is difficult and labour intensive for the project manager to select appropriate patterns and keep track of their potential occurrences.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
Identifying STSCs can prove particularly difficult when multiple people are responsible for various tasks and when the task assignments keep changing in a dynamic and iterative software development environment.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
Without creating the concept map from the original text, it is difficult to illustrate the semantic relations embedded in the text.
Development of a Conceptual Structure for a Domain-Specific Corpus