puzzle out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v puzzle out 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"
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Usage

In literature:

Nothing more was said, Nic riding along feeling sadly puzzled, and trying to follow out a peculiar line of thought without success.
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
It was very puzzling, and I could not make it out at all.
"Gil the Gunner" by George Manville Fenn
After that he gave a slow, puzzled scratch at his shaggy head as if hard at work trying to make out a mystery, before turning once more to Rodd.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
As he worked at this he tried hard to puzzle out what had happened.
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
HOW WE FOUND OUT A PUZZLE.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
This is easily found out when at work on the puzzle.
"Woodwork Joints" by William Fairham
Jack was delighted, but still puzzled, so he walked out of the room to reflect a little.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
It puzzled me a bit," said Stephen, "for the lads are wont to be on the look-out on a night like this.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
It was while he was advancing slowly, and puzzling his brain over these considerations, that Rosco's cry for help rang out.
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
It was nearly nine o'clock when Maitland, puzzled, worn out, and disgusted, arrived in town.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
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In poetry:

And, puzzling out the weave of fate,
Events observer,
To live, feel, love and meditate
And to discover.
"In everything I seek to grasp..." by Boris Pasternak
It baffles me to puzzle out the clue,
Which must be skill, or craft, or luck in you:
Unless, indeed, it be
Natural affinity.
"The Queen Of Hearts" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Out of the life that was not always sweet,
Out of the puzzle and the day's defeat,
Out of earth's hindering and alien zone,
The Lord of love has led him to his own.
"Bishop Daniel A. Payne (Deceased)." by Frank Barbour Coffin
And when they saw me puzzled stand,
The mighty throng did clap their hands,
Saying "welcome."
And all the mystery passed away,
The band cried out "you're here to stay,
This is heaven!"
"Time—Eternity. The Saint's Departure." by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Observers were puzzled when President Obama apparently gave the space agency NASA a new mission to reach out to the world's Muslims.
Read on to find out why this prisoner got denied a puzzle.
HOW TO PUZZLE IT OUT.
An Engineering Puzzle Find out in this Teachers' Domain video segment (5m 21s) how ancient Egyptians might have raised massive obelisks to stable, upright positions.
Virginia Lutherans help families puzzle out autism resources.
When New Yorker cartoonist Saul Steinberg was honored in 1974 by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the architect Philip Johnson puzzled out loud over how best to describe him.
Our good friends at Google run a daily puzzle challenge and asked us to help get them out to the geeky masses.
As his team struggles to get out of a losing streak that has cost it a playoff berth — and maybe much more before it's all said and done — he's disappointed, he's frustrated, and he's puzzled.
And, today you can help out Puzzle Pieces and feed your tummy.
Once the glue has dried, cut out the puzzle pieces.
In this puzzle , figure out how fast each leg of your trip should be to make it as fast as possible.
Joanne Rand and her band puzzle it out.
You know there's video games out there, but you don't play them much, except maybe some puzzles on your phone or iPod once in a while.
Commentator Archie McDonald puzzles out the order of things and right of way .
Commentator Archie McDonald puzzles out the order of things and right of way.
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In science:

We hope that experiments such as these will be carried out and eventually reveal something more about the basis of this puzzling emergent property of the brain’s known as thought.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Thus a meson made out of heavy quarks becomes massless at the new branch, an interesting and puzzling phenomenon; in this connection, see .
Systematic Study of Theories with Quantum Modified Moduli II
Certain effects, though, turned out to be more puzzling, initiating an extensive theoretical effort which is yet to prove fruitful.
Quantum Interferometry with Electrons: Outstanding Challenges
Though accepted by generations of physicists, nonob jectivity implies a number of nonintuitive consequences and puzzling paradoxes, which spread out from QM to all theories based on it.
Embedding QM into an objective framework
It should be pointed out that the low experimental value of the ratio τ (Λb )/τ (Bd ) has long been a puzzle for the theory.
Lifetimes of heavy hadrons
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