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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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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").
Similarly, Newman has the angel later describe Gerontius's current condition prior to purgatory as a dream because he cannot yet establish full identity with the mode of existence into which he is now entering but which he is not yet fully prepared to engage and comprehend: And thou art wrapped and swathed around in dreams, Dreams that are true, yet enigmatical; For the belongings of thy present state, Save through such symbols, come not home to thee.
4.--The enigmatical taxon bacche was described by SEITZ (1916: 639) as a subspecific form of maenades.
Bilbo's "answers" may fit the OED's third riddle definition: "a person or being whose nature or conduct is enigmatical" well enough, and they may, in their own fashion, fulfill the requirements of the first definition: "a question or statement intentionally worded in a dark or puzzling manner, and propounded in order that it may be guessed or answered." But Bilbo does not really seem to want to test the dragon's ability to answer his "riddles." Here the testing context, it seems to me, is one in which the narrator, speaking through Bilbo, tests the Hobbit reader.
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)?