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## Prob′lem

,
Noun.
[F.
problème
, L.
problema
, fr. Gr. [GREEK] anything thrown forward, a question proposed for solution, fr. [GREEK] to throw or lay before; [GREEK] before, forward + [GREEK] to throw. Cf.
Parable
. ]
1.
A question proposed for solution; a matter stated for examination or proof; hence, a matter difficult of solution or settlement; a doubtful case; a question involving doubt.
Bacon.
2.
(Math.)
Anything which is required to be done; as, in geometry, to bisect a line, to draw a perpendicular; or, in algebra, to find an unknown quantity.
Problem differs from theorem in this, that a problem is something to be done, as to bisect a triangle, to describe a circle, etc.; a theorem is something to be proved, as that all the angles of a triangle are equal to two right angles.
Plane problem
(Geom.)
,
a problem that can be solved by the use of the rule and compass.
Solid problem
(Geom.)
,
a problem requiring in its geometric solution the use of a conic section or higher curve.

## PROB'LEM

,
Noun.
[L. problema; Gr. to throw forward, and to throw; L. pello.] A question proposed.
1.
In logic, a preposition that appears neither absolutely true nor false, and consequently may be asserted either in the affirmative or negative.
2.
In geometry, a proposition in which some operation or construction is required, as to divide a line or an angle, to let fall a perpendicular, &c.
3.
In general, any question involving doubt or uncertainty, and requiring some operation, experiment or further evidence for its solution.
The problem is, whether a strong and constant belief that a thing will be, helps any thing to the effecting of the thing.

# Problem

## German

### Noun

Problem n (genitive Problems, plural Probleme)

1. problem

## Luxembourgish

### Etymology

From French problème and German Problem. Pronunciation and gender are based on the French word, whereas the spelling is that of German.

### Pronunciation

• IPA(key): /ˈpʁoblæm/

### Noun

Problem m (plural Problemer)

1. problem
De Jugendchômage ass e Problem, dee séier muss geléist ginn.
Youth unemployment is a problem that needs to be solved quickly.

# problem

## English

### Noun

problem (plural problems or problemata)

1. A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.
She's leaving because she faced numerous problems to do with racism.
2. A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise.
3. A puzzling circumstance.

#### Translations

problem (comparative more problem, superlative most problem)

1. (of a person or an animal) Difficult to train or guide; unruly.
2. Causing a problem; problematic; troublesome.

• problem in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
• problem in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
• problem at OneLook Dictionary Search

## Norwegian Bokmål

### Noun

problem n (definite singular problemet, indefinite plural problem or problemer, definite plural problema or problemene)

1. a problem

## Norwegian Nynorsk

### Noun

problem n (definite singular problemet, indefinite plural problem, definite plural problema)

1. a problem

## Polish

### Pronunciation

• IPA(key): [ˈprɔblɛ̃m]

problem m inan

1. problem

## Serbo-Croatian

### Pronunciation

• IPA(key): /prǒbleːm/

### Noun

pròblēm m (Cyrillic spelling про̀бле̄м)

1. problem

## Swedish

### Noun

problem n

1. problem; difficulty
2. problem; schoolwork exercise

#### Declension

Inflection of problem
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative problem problemet problem problemen
Genitive problems problemets problems problemens

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