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Enigma



[uh-nig-muh] /əˈnɪg mə/

noun, plural enigmas; Chiefly Archaic, enigmata
[uh-nig-muh-tuh] /əˈnɪg mə tə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation:
His disappearance is an enigma that has given rise to much speculation.
2.
a person of puzzling or contradictory character:
To me he has always been an enigma, one minute completely insensitive, the next moved to tears.
3.
a saying, question, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning; riddle.
4.
(initial capital letter) a German-built enciphering machine developed for commercial use in the early 1920s and later adapted and appropriated by German and other Axis powers for military use through World War II.
/ɪˈnɪɡmə/
noun
1.
a person, thing, or situation that is mysterious, puzzling, or ambiguous
n.

1580s, earlier enigmate (mid-15c.), from Latin aenigma “riddle,” from Greek ainigma (plural ainigmata), from ainissesthai “speak obscurely, speak in riddles,” from ainos “fable, riddle,” of unknown origin.

hardware, cryptography
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.
(2000-09-30)

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