Definition of Chinese puzzle in English:

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Chinese puzzle

Pronunciation: /ˌCHīˈnēz ˈpəzəl/


1An intricate puzzle consisting of many interlocking pieces.
Example sentences
  • The change in level across the site is intelligently exploited to create a series of living and sleeping spaces that lock together with the pleasing intricacy of a Chinese puzzle.
  • The various spaces interlock with the elegant complexity of a Chinese puzzle.
  • The main theatre is set back behind a generous foyer space, its permeability and luminance contrasting with surrounding blind boxes of the two cinemas, which lock together in section like Chinese puzzles.
1.1A very complicated or perplexing situation.
Example sentences
  • Trying to get inside her head was a big adventure, a complex Chinese puzzle that occupied my mind and time.

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Syllabification: Chi·nese puz·zle

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