a question or statement so framed as to exercise one’s ingenuity in answering it or discovering its meaning; conundrum.
a puzzling question, problem, or matter.
a puzzling thing or person.
any enigmatic or dark saying or speech.
verb (used without object), riddled, riddling.
to propound riddles; speak enigmatically.
verb (used with object), riddled, riddling.
to pierce with many holes, suggesting those of a sieve:
to riddle the target.
to fill or affect with (something undesirable, weakening, etc.):
a government riddled with graft.
to impair or refute completely by persistent verbal attacks:
to riddle a person’s reputation.
to sift through a riddle, as gravel; screen.
a coarse sieve, as one for sifting sand in a foundry.
a question, puzzle, or verse so phrased that ingenuity is required for elucidation of the answer or meaning; conundrum
a person or thing that puzzles, perplexes, or confuses; enigma
to solve, explain, or interpret (a riddle or riddles)
(intransitive) to speak in riddles
(usually foll by with) to pierce or perforate with numerous holes: riddled with bullets
to damage or impair
to put through a sieve; sift
to fill or pervade: the report was riddled with errors
a sieve, esp a coarse one used for sand, grain, etc
(Heb. hodah). The oldest and, strictly speaking, the only example of a riddle was that propounded by Samson (Judg. 14:12-18). The parabolic prophecy in Ezek. 17:2-18 is there called a “riddle.” It was rather, however, an allegory. The word “darkly” in 1 Cor. 13:12 is the rendering of the Greek enigma; marg., “in a riddle.”
verb (used without object), rode or (Archaic) rid; ridden or (Archaic) rid; riding. 1. to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion; be carried on the back of an animal. 2. to be borne along on or in a vehicle or other kind of conveyance. 3. to move or float on […]
adjective 1. ridable. adjective 1. capable of being ridden, as a horse. 2. capable of being ridden over, through, etc., as a road or a stream.
- Ride a hobby horse
noun, plural hobbies. 1. an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation: Her hobbies include stamp-collecting and woodcarving. 2. a child’s hobbyhorse. 3. Archaic. a small horse. Idioms 4. ride a hobby, to concern oneself excessively with a favorite notion or activity. Also, ride a hobbyhorse. noun (pl) […]
- Rideal-walker coefficient
Rideal-Walker coefficient Rid·e·al-Wal·ker coefficient (rĭd’ē-əl-wô’kər) n. A figure expressing the disinfecting power of a substance by relating it to the disinfecting power of phenol. Also called phenol coefficient.