• WordNet 3.6
    • v vex 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"
    • v vex subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation "vex the subject of the death penalty"
    • v vex change the arrangement or position of
    • v vex disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"
    • v vex cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me","It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Vex To be irritated; to fret.
    • Vex To make angry or annoyed by little provocations; to irritate; to plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict; to trouble; to tease. "I will not vex your souls.""Ten thousand torments vex my heart."
    • Vex To toss back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet. "White curl the waves, and the vexed ocean roars."
    • Vex To twist; to weave. "Some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vex To make angry by little provocations; excite slight anger or displeasure in; trouble by petty or light annoyances; irritate; tease; fret; plague; annoy; harass.
    • vex To make sorrowful; grieve; afflict; distress.
    • vex To agitate; disturb; overturn or throw into commotion; hence, to dispute; contest; cause to be discussed: in this sense chiefly used in the past participle: as, a vexed (much discussed but unsettled) question.
    • vex Synonyms Annoy, Plague, etc. (see tease), provoke, gall, chafe. To disquiet.
    • vex To fret; be teased or irritated; feel annoyed, angry, or distressed.
    • n vex A trouble; a vexation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Vex veks to harass: to torment: to irritate by small provocations: to agitate: to contest
    • v.i Vex (obs.) to be vexed
    • n Vex (Scot.) a trouble
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  • Edmund Waller
    Edmund Waller
    “Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. vexer, L. vexare, vexatum, to vex, originally, to shake, toss, in carrying, v. intens. fr. vehere, vectum, to carry. See Vehicle


In literature:

Daniel, however, had become vexed.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
After this marriage of the nurse, the father of the boy was vexed by a new fear.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
Perhaps she'll be able now to manage something without vexing Captain and Mrs Harper.
"Robin Redbreast" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
Was she vexed, or sorry, or what?
"Hoodie" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
I have vexed you, Humfrey.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And Sharley was too anxious for grandmamma not to be vexed, to think about her having partly guessed the secret.
"My New Home" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
John Hunter gazed after his retreating wife in vexed petulance for a moment and then, with a sigh of relief, turned toward the waiting cattle.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The fifty guineas which he had promised to pay each year vexed him.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
I became anxious, and in my weakness perhaps felt a little vexed at being left alone.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
The young priest indemnified himself in "the district" for much that vexed him elsewhere.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant

In poetry:

Lord, I am brought exceeding low,
Now let thine ear attend,
And make my foes who vex me know
I've an almighty Friend.
"Psalm 142" by Isaac Watts
Now she is gone, from heaven itself
The angels of her eyes
Visit my heart's vexed loneliness
With comforting replies.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
Why vex her now, who's rul'd so long
Upon her virtuous throne?
Why sing her such a doleful song,
And send her such a groan?
"To Nova Scotia" by Thomas Frederick Young
Too often have I sat alone
When the wet night falls heavily,
And fretting winds around me moan,
And homeless longing vexes me
"In Praise Of Solid People" by C S Lewis
With Andrew vex'd, of Mary proud,
But prouder of her boy,
She kiss'd them both, and sobb'd aloud,--
The children cried for joy.
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Sin (my worst enemy before)
Shall vex my eyes and ears no more;
My inward foes shall all be slain,
Nor Satan break my peace again.
"Psalm 92 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Sluggish starts vex Nationals OFs Xavier Nady, Mark DeRosa.
Abandoned gas stations both vex , brim with promise.
Vex Robotics tournament at Northridge High School.
Students competed at the Vex Robotics tournament at Northridge High School in Layton Saturday, Jan 28, 2012.
Stafford High School will host a large VEX robotics competition on Saturday November 12.
What's the Vex of Same-sex.
Energy Audits Vex Austin's Home Sellers.
Rayburn's vex , lies and audio tape.
Is 'Mex' vexed by Mets mess.
Syrians Vexed by Obama's Empty Promises.
Olympic uniforms leave Middlesex County veterans vexed over tiny American flag.
Local attorneys, advocates vexed by DA's U-visa stance.
Cities vexed by flooding policy.
Bielema vexed by a few of officials' calls.
Target vexed by crashing website.

In science:

In continuum percolation theory this volume is denoted the excluded volume Vex , where Vex = 2dV in a RGG.
Random Geometric Graphs
To determine Cd we make use of the concept of the excluded volume Vex .
Random Geometric Graphs
The set of observables of given QFT is identified with set of cohomology classes of the above BV complex, beautiful! There is another crucial property, which looks vexing initially but beautiful, that the products KS -closed elements in T[[]] are not KS -closed in general, since ∆ is not a derivation of products.
Flat family of QFTs and quantization of d-algebras
There is a vexing problem with the spin–orbit splitting of the lowest light quark 3PJ states, and I believe that it relates to the non–|q ¯q > assignment of f0 (980).
Summary of Experimental Meson Physics
The question of brown dwarfs in various binary contexts is a vexed one.
Astrophysics in 2006