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Definitions of problem

  1. a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved; " she and her husband are having problems"; " it is always a job to contact him"; " urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"
  2. a source of difficulty; " one trouble after another delayed the job"; " what's the problem?"
  3. a question raised for consideration or solution; " our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
  4. A question proposed for solution; a matter stated for examination or proof; hence, a matter difficult of solution or settlement; a doubtful case; a question involving doubt.
  5. Anything which is required to be done; as, in geometry, to bisect a line, to draw a perpendicular; or, in algebra, to find an unknown quantity.
  6. A difficult matter to be settled; in mathematics, something to be worked out.
  7. Problematically.
  8. A matter difficult of settlement or solution: ( geom.) a proposition in which something is required to be done.
  9. A question to be solved.
  10. A perplexing question.
  11. Problematic, problematical.
  12. A question proposed for solution; any question involving doubt or uncertainty; a proposition requiring something to be done.
  13. A question involving doubt or uncertainty proposed for solution; in geom., a proposition in which some operation or construction is required; in alg., a proposition which requires some unknown truth to be discovered or demonstrated; in logic, a proposition which, appearing neither absolutely true nor false, may consequently be asserted either in the affirmative or negative.
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Usage examples for problem

  1. It's a big problem Ned." – Tom Swift and his Giant Cannon or, The Longest Shots on Record by Victor Appleton
  2. That it took him seven miles to work out this simple problem may seem ridiculous. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  3. I've thought of this problem let me tell you, for you are one of many who feel the same. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  4. And this is the problem of the future. – Modern American Prose Selections by Various
  5. Have you forgotten the key we hold for the solution to the problem – The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar by Maurice Leblanc
  6. By this time most of the class had forgotten what the problem was, but Miss Mason refused to repeat it. – Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School by Mabel C. Hawley
  7. But not every problem that others had mistaken reached Charlie. – Charlie Newcomer by Wilbur B. Stover
  8. She was apparently turning over some problem in her mind. – Marjorie Dean High School Freshman by Pauline Lester
  9. If he was going to do anything, his problem was the tree. – The World That Couldn't Be by Clifford Donald Simak
  10. But look at the problem – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  11. That, however, is not your problem – An Ocean Tramp by William McFee
  12. The problem of finance would seem to us to fall upon the Russian authorities. – The Bullitt Mission to Russia by William C. Bullitt
  13. We have no problem – The Gun by Philip K. Dick
  14. This is the problem – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  15. Mr. Pill settled up his affairs and moved to Cresco, where he went back into trade with a friend, and for three years attended silently to his customers, lived down their curiosity, and studied anew the problem of life. – Other Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland
  16. The case was grave, the problem interesting. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  17. Our boats had picked up twenty or so of the men, and the problem now was to get them on board again. – A Surgeon in Belgium by Henry Sessions Souttar
  18. The Hawk had remembered them, and had quickly seen that they were the only answer to the problem – The Passing of Ku Sui by Anthony Gilmore
  19. What I must do is to give this problem a good, hard think. – The Secret Pact by Mildred A. Wirt
  20. There was really only one problem to consider. – A Short History of English Liberalism by Walter Lyon Blease
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