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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 rid·dle /ˈrɪdḷ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rid·dle n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rid·dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Riddled p. pr. & vb. n. Riddling ]
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rid·dle, n.  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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rid·dle, v. t. To explain; to solve; to unriddle.
    Riddle me this, and guess him if you can.   --Dryden.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rid·dle, v. i. To speak ambiguously or enigmatically. “Lysander riddles very prettily.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a difficult problem [syn: conundrum, enigma, brain-teaser]
      2: a coarse sieve (as for gravel)
      v 1: pierce many times; "The bullets riddled his body"
      2: set a difficult problem or riddle; "riddle me a riddle"
      3: separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff [syn: screen]
      4: speak in riddles
      5: explain a riddle

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (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."