Definition of Cipher

1. Noun. A message written in a secret code.

Exact synonyms: Cypher
Generic synonyms: Message
Derivative terms: Cypher

2. Verb. Convert ordinary language into code. "We should encode the message for security reasons"
Exact synonyms: Code, Cypher, Encipher, Encrypt, Inscribe, Write In Code
Generic synonyms: Encode
Derivative terms: Code, Code, Coder, Coding, Cypher, Cypher, Encryption

3. Noun. A mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number.
Exact synonyms: 0, Cypher, Nought, Zero
Generic synonyms: Digit, Figure
Derivative terms: Cypher, Zero

4. Verb. Make a mathematical calculation or computation.

5. Noun. A quantity of no importance. "I didn't hear zilch about it"
Exact synonyms: Aught, Cypher, Goose Egg, Nada, Naught, Nil, Nix, Nothing, Null, Zero, Zilch, Zip, Zippo
Generic synonyms: Relative Quantity
Specialized synonyms: Nihil, Bugger All, Fanny Adams, Fuck All, Sweet Fanny Adams
Derivative terms: Zero

6. Noun. A person of no influence.

7. Noun. A secret method of writing.
Exact synonyms: Cryptograph, Cypher, Secret Code
Generic synonyms: Code
Derivative terms: Cypher

Definition of Cipher

1. n. A character [0] which, standing by itself, expresses nothing, but when placed at the right hand of a whole number, increases its value tenfold.

2. a. Of the nature of a cipher; of no weight or influence.

3. v. i. To use figures in a mathematical process; to do sums in arithmetic.

4. v. t. To write in occult characters.

Definition of Cipher

1. Noun. A numeric character. ¹

2. Noun. A method of transforming a text in order to conceal its meaning. ¹

3. Noun. (cryptography) A cryptographic system using an algorithm that converts letters or sequences of bits into ciphertext. ¹

4. Noun. Ciphertext; a message concealed via a '''cipher'''. ¹

5. Noun. A grouping of three digits in a number, especially when delimited by commas or periods: ¹

6. Noun. A design of interlacing initials: a decorative design consisting of a set of interlaced initials. ¹

7. Noun. (music) A fault in an organ valve which causes a pipe to sound continuously without the key having been pressed. ¹

8. Noun. A hip-hop jam session [ ¹

9. Noun. The path (usually circular) shared cannabis takes through a group, an occasion of cannabis smoking. ¹

10. Noun. Someone or something of no importance. ¹

11. Noun. (obsolete) Zero. ¹

12. Verb. (''regional and/or dated'') To calculate. ¹

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Definition of Cipher

1. to solve problems in arithmetic [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cipher

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Literary usage of Cipher

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Assassination of President Lincoln: And the Trial of the Conspirators by David E. Herold, Benn Pitman (1865)
"ГЛ paper containing a secret cipher wai handed to th* witness.) I received this paper, on the night of th« 14th of April last, from Lieutenant Terry, ..."

2. Report of the Annual Meeting (1860)
"D^ FRS "' Sir Christopher Wren's cipher, describing three instruments proper for discovering the longitude at sea, delivered to the Society November 30, ..."

3. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific by Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1896)
"Table I consists of 510 cipher-words of three letters each ; as Hil= 100. ... Table IV contains in the second column certain arbitrary cipher- •vords (each ..."

4. The Republican Campaign Textbook by Republican National Committee (U.S.), Republican Congressional Committee (1880)
"dispatches were in cipher, and, accuracy amounting to mathematical demonstration. The original cipher dispatches with the translations were published side ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Telegraph and Telephone Companies: Including by Sidney Walter Jones (1916)
"Stipulation against cipher messages—valid.—There is a conflict of opinion as to whether telegraph companies can contract against errors or delays made in ..."

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