- Also called picture puzzle. a set of irregularly cut pieces of pasteboard, wood, or the like that form a picture or design when fitted together.
- any complex, confusing situation, condition, or item, as one composed of seemingly diverse or unrelated elements.
Origin of jigsaw puzzle
First recorded in 1905–10
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- a puzzle in which the player has to reassemble a picture that has been mounted on a wooden or cardboard base and cut into a large number of irregularly shaped interlocking pieces
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