/ 5pQzl; `pQzl/ n
[C usu sing 通常作单数] questionthat is difficult to understand or answer; mystery 难题; 谜一般的事物: Their reason for doing it is still a puzzle to me. 他们为什麽要做此事我仍莫名其妙.
[C] (often in compounds 常用以构成复合词) problem or toy that is designed to test a person's knowledge, ingenuity, skill, etc 用以测验人的知识﹑ 智力﹑ 技巧等的问题或玩具; 谜: crossword puzzles 纵横字谜 * a jigsaw puzzle 拼图玩具 * find the answer to/solve a puzzle 找到谜底[解开一个谜] * set a puzzle for sb/set sb a puzzle 出个谜叫某人猜.
> puzzle v
1 [Tn] make (sb) think hard; perplex 让(某人)动脑筋; 使困惑: Her reply puzzled me. 她的回答把我弄糊涂了. * I am puzzled by his failure to reply/that he hasn't replied to my letter. 他不给我回信使我百思不解. * He puzzled his brains (ie thought hard) to find the answer. 他绞尽脑汁以寻求答案. * The sudden fall in the value of the dollar has puzzled financial experts. 美元突然贬值, 财经专家无不大伤脑筋. * They are puzzled (about) what to do next/how to react. 他们不知道下一步怎麽办[如何作出反应].
2 [Ipr] ~ over sth think deeply about sth in order to understand it 对某事物苦苦思索(以便理解): She's been puzzling over his strange letter for weeks. 她几个星期也琢磨不透他那封奇怪的来信.
3 [Tn.p] ~ sth out (try to) find the answer or solution to sth by thinking hard 开动脑筋(试图)找出某事物的答案或解决方法: The teacher left the children to puzzle out the answer to the problem themselves. 老师让学生动脑筋自行寻找问题的答案. puzzled adj unable to understand; perplexed or confused 无法了解的; 困惑的; 茫然的: She listened with a puzzled expression on her face. 她脸上带着困惑的表情在倾听着. puzzler / 5pQzlE(r); `pQzlL/ n (infml 口) person or thing that puzzles 使人困惑的人或事物: That question is a real puzzler! 那个问题真难! puzzlement / 5pQzlmEnt; `pQzlmEnt/ n [U] (state of) being puzzled; bewilderment 困惑; 大惑不解: He stared at the words in complete puzzlement. 他注视着那些语句, 茫然不解. puzzling / 5pQzlIN; `pQzlIN/ adj: a puzzling statement, affair, attitude 令人费解的说法﹑ 事情﹑ 态度.