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Enigma

(hardware, cryptography)
The electro-mechanical cipher engine used by the Germans in World War II. Many of their messages were deciphered at Bletchley Park, by Alan Turing and others.
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Like the enigmatical, solitary knight-errant from "Eldorado" (1849), chasing the phantom of everlasting Beauty, for which he sacrifices his youth and his enthusiasm--thus suggesting that the nature of the quest relies in heroic effort not in reaching the proposed objective, Edgar Poe, who made of "Beauty" "the province of the poem" --is, in Barbu's opinion, a great visionary poet, a pathfinder, whose seminal intuitions have decisively influenced the evolution of literature: "The amplitude of your harps sound and your prophetic intuitions, distinctive of an imaginative lineage, give true value to your journey up to the dome of the almighty beauty.
From the enigmatical figurines ensconced in the various African shoppes to the satiny rugs in the Afghanistan Pavilion, Global Village is a track through some of the world's most avant garde ideas.
According to Either/Or's ethicist Judge William, the aesthete A manages (through his ironic attitude) to escape everyone: "Your occupation consists in preserving your hiding place, and you are successful, for your mask is the most enigmatical of all; that is, you are a nonentity" (2: 159).
W]hatever in a serious way seemed enigmatical, was now good-naturedly explained away [.
It is explication I am after, construing social expressions on their surface enigmatical (1973, p.
Yet the coarse meaning of the term bothered me: not that I minded the sex act the word relates to, which I consider, if anything, as enigmatical as the origin of the Gypsies; but for this very reason I thought it ought to be mentioned in Latin.
This transformation of historical thinking is traced in more detail in Chapter 2 (bearing the rather enigmatical title "Talking History, 1906-1920").
The enigmatical taxon bacche was described by SEITZ (1916: 639) as a subspecific form of maenades.
she would sit immovable on the three-legged kitchen chair, her strong hands in her lap and her dark eyes wide open, as enigmatical and fatal as a Pythia upon her tripod.
At about this time last year, I recall receiving a rather enigmatical communication on a postcard from the Royal Mail of Chester-le-Street appraising me that someone unknown was trying to send me some sort of a parcel on which he or she had failed to pay the correct amount of postage.
Has not Dasein's being become more enigmatical (ratselhafter) now that we have explicated the existential constitution of the Being of the 'there' in the sense of thrown projection (geworfenen Entwurfs)?