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Definitions of cipher

  1. a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. make a mathematical calculation or computation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. convert ordinary language into code; "We should encode the message for security reasons" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a message written in a secret code Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a secret method of writing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a person of no influence Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. A character [0] which, standing by itself, expresses nothing, but when placed at the right hand of a whole number, increases its value tenfold. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. One who, or that which, has no weight or influence. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A character in general, as a figure or letter. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A combination or interweaving of letters, as the initials of a name; a device; a monogram; as, a painter's cipher, an engraver's cipher, etc. The cut represents the initials N. W. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A private alphabet, system of characters, or other mode of writing, contrived for the safe transmission of secrets; also, a writing in such characters. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Of the nature of a cipher; of no weight or influence. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To use figures in a mathematical process; to do sums in arithmetic. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To write in occult characters. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To get by ciphering; as, to cipher out the answer. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To decipher. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To designate by characters. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The symbol O; zero; naught; hence, a person or thing without value; a secret manner of writing, or the key to it; a code. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. To work arithmetical examples with flgures; to write with secret characters. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. The figure 0; anything of little value; interlaced initials; secret writing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. To reckon in figures. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. To write in cipher. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. To calculate arithmetically. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. To write in secret characters. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. The character 0; zero. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. A method of secret writing; anything so written. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. A monogram. cypher. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. The arithmetical character 0; any arithmetical figure; a character in general; an inter-texture of letters, as the initials of a name; a device; a secret or disguised manner of writing, consisting of certain characters agreed on by two or more persons to stand for letters or words, and understood only by them; a thing of no consequence or importance; a nonentity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. To compute by figures. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. In arith., the round 0 or nothing; any person or thing of little value; initials of a name intertwined; a secret manner of writing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. To use figures; to practise arithmetic; to write in concealed or secret characters. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. s[=i]'f[.e]r, n. (arith.) the character 0: any of the nine figures: anything of little value, whether persons or things: a nonentity: an interweaving of the initials of a name: a secret kind of writing.--v.i. to work at arithmetic: to write in cipher: of an organ-pipe, to sound independent of the organ: (Shak.) to decipher.--ns. C[=I]'PHERING; C[=I]'PHER-KEY, a key to a cipher or piece of secret writing. [O. Fr. cifre, Fr. chiffre--Ar. sifr, empty.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  34. Arithmetical symbol (O) of no value in itself but multiplying number it is placed after, and dividing decimal number it is placed before, by ten; person or thing of no importance; any Arabic figure; secret writing, thing so written, key to it; interlaced initials of person, company, &c., monogram; continued sounding of organ-noteowing to defective valve. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. Do arithmetic; work (usu. out) by arithmetic, calculate; put into secret writing (cf. DECIPHER); (of organ-note) go on sounding when not pressed. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. n. The character which, standing by itself, expresses nothing, but when placed at the right hand of a whole number, increases its value tenfold; —a person of no worth or character; —a combination of letters as a monogram; —a private alphabet for the transmission of secrets; the key to it. Cabinet Dictionary
  37. An arithmetical character by which some number is noted, a figure; an arithmetical mark, which, standing for nothing itself, increases the value of the other figures; an intertexture of letters; a character in general; a secret or occult manner of writing, or the key to it. Complete Dictionary

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