What does the word difficulty mean?

Usage examples for difficulty

  1. " I had great difficulty leaving Paris at all. – My Home In The Field of Honor by Frances Wilson Huard
  2. There was no doubt that Marsham was in a difficulty. – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. They had difficulty in getting food. – Washington and his Comrades in Arms A Chronicle of the War of Independence by George Wrong