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Meaning of ENIGMA

Pronunciation:  u'nigmu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"
  2. [n]  a difficult problem

ENIGMA is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: brain-teaser, closed book, conundrum, mystery, riddle, secret
 See Also: perplexity, problem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\E*nig"ma\, n.; pl. {Enigmas}. [L. aenigma, Gr. ?, fr. ?
to speak darkly, fr. ? tale, fable.]
1. A dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; a riddle; a
   statement, the hidden meaning of which is to be discovered
   or guessed.

         A custom was among the ancients of proposing an
         enigma at festivals.                  --Pope.

2. An action, mode of action, or thing, which cannot be
   satisfactorily explained; a puzzle; as, his conduct is an

Computing Dictionary

The electro-mechanical cipher engine used by the Germans in World War II. Many of their messages were deciphered at bletchley park, by alan turing and others.

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