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Pronunciation : Rid"dle
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [OE. ridil, AS. hridder; akin to G. reiter, L. cribrum, and to Gr. rein clean. See Crisis, Certain.]
Definition : 1. A sieve with coarse meshes, usually of wire, for separating coarser materials from finer, as chaff from grain, cinders from ashes, or gravel from sand.

2. A board having a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Rid"dle
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : 1. To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel.

2. To perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many holes in; as, a house riddled with shot.

t. [imp. & p. p. Riddled; p. pr. & vb. n. Riddling.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Rid"dle
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [For riddels, s being misunderstood as the plural ending; OE. ridels, redels. AS. rraadsel, G. räthsel; fr. AS. r to counsel or advise, also, to guess. sq. root116. Cf. Read.]
Definition : Defn: Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling. To wring from me, and tell to them, my secret, That solved the riddle which I had proposed. Milton. 'T was a strange riddle of a lady. Hudibras.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Rid"dle
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : Defn: To explain; to solve; to unriddle. Riddle me this, and guess him if you can. Dryden.

t.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Rid"dle
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : Defn: To speak ambiguously or enigmatically. "Lysander riddels very prettily." Shak.

i.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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