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# Cipher

Ci´pher
n.1.
1.(Arith.) 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.One who, or that which, has no weight or influence.
Here he was a mere cipher.
3.A character in general, as a figure or letter.
4.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.
5.A private alphabet, system of characters, or other mode of writing, contrived for the safe transmission of secrets; also, a writing in such characters.
 Cipher key a key to assist in reading writings in cipher.
a.1.Of the nature of a cipher; of no weight or influence.
v. i.1.To use figures in a mathematical process; to do sums in arithmetic.
[imp. & p. p. Ciphered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ciphering.]
"T was certain he could write and cipher too.
v. t.1.To write in occult characters.
2.To get by ciphering; as, to cipher out the answer.
3.To decipher.
4.To designate by characters.
 Noun 1 cipher - a message written in a secret codeSynonyms: cypher 2 cipher - a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same numberSynonyms: 0, cypher, nought, zero 3 cipher - 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"Synonyms: goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zero, zilch, zip, aught, cypher 4 cipher - a person of no influenceSynonyms: nobody, nonentity, cypher 5 cipher - a secret method of writingSynonyms: cryptograph, secret code, cypher Verb 1 cipher - convert ordinary language into code; "We should encode the message for security reasons"Synonyms: cypher, encipher, encode, encrypt, write in code, code, inscribe 2 cipher - make a mathematical calculation or computationSynonyms: calculate, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
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