# Emily Dickinson Lexicon

## Definition for Problem (-s)

problem (-s), n. [ME < Fr. < L. problēma < Gk πρόβλημα, thing thrown or put forward, question propounded for solution, set task, problem < πρό, before + βάλλειν, to throw.] (webplay: fall, gate, solution).

- Question; riddle; puzzle; mystery; enigma; dilemma; difficulty; task; exercise.
- Exercise in arithmetic; numerical computation; assignment to solve a mathematical question.
- [Fig.] complexity of life; difficulty of mortality; task of solving the mystery of life and death.

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