Meaning of PROBLEM in English

/prob"leuhm/ , n.

1. any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.

2. a question proposed for solution or discussion.

3. Math. a statement requiring a solution, usually by means of a mathematical operation or geometric construction.

4. no problem , (used as a conventional reply to a request or to express confirmation, affirmation, or gratitude).


5. difficult to train or guide; unruly: a problem child.

6. Literature. dealing with choices of action difficult either for an individual or for society at large: a problem play.

[ 1350-1400; ME probleme problema próblema orig., obstacle, (akin to probállein to throw or lay before), equiv. to pro- PRO- 2 + -ble-, var. s. of bállein to throw (cf. PARABOLA) + -ma n. suffix of result ]

Syn. 1, 2. puzzle, riddle, enigma.

Ant. 1. certitude.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .