# Cipher

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**Cipher**— For other uses, see Cipher (disambiguation). Edward Larsson s rune cipher resembling that found on the Kensington Runestone. Also includes runically unrelated blackletter writing style and pigpen cipher. In cryptography, a cipher (or cypher) is… …12

**cipher**— cipherable, adj. cipherer, n. /suy feuhr/, n. 1. zero. 2. any of the Arabic numerals or figures. 3. Arabic numerical notation collectively. 4. something of no value or importance. 5. a person of no influence; nonentity. 6. a secret method of… …13

**cipher**— [[t]sa͟ɪfə(r)[/t]] ciphers also cypher 1) N COUNT A cipher is a secret system of writing that you use to send messages. They cracked the cipher. ...a cipher clerk. Syn: code 2) N COUNT If you describe someone as a cipher, you mean that they have… …14

**cipher**— n. code 1) to break, solve a cipher 2) in cipher * * * [ saɪfə] solve a cipher [ code ] to break in cipher …15

**cipher**— ci|pher [ saıfər ] noun 1. ) count or uncount a secret system of writing, used for sending messages so that no one can understand them unless they know the system: CODE: in cipher (=using a cipher): The letter was written in cipher. 2. ) count… …16

**cipher**— {{11}}cipher (n.) late 14c., from M.L. cifra, from Arabic sifr zero, lit. empty, nothing, from safara to be empty; loan translation of Skt. sunya s empty. Came to Europe with Arabic numerals. Original meaning zero, then any numeral, then (first… …17

**cipher**— 1. noun /ˈsaɪfə/ a) A numeric character. The message was written in a simple cipher. Anyone could figure it out. b) A method of transforming a text in order to conceal its meaning. <! Taken from …18

**cipher**— ci|pher cypher [ˈsaıfə US ər] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: cifre, from Medieval Latin cifra, from Arabic sifr empty, zero ] 1.) [U and C] formal a system of secret writing = ↑code ▪ an expert in ciphers ▪ …19

**cipher**— [14] The central meaning of cipher is ‘zero’ (a word to which it is related); its use since the 16th century in connection with encrypted communications derives from the fact that in their earliest forms such codes usually consisted of numbers… …20

**cipher**— ci•pher [[t]ˈsaɪ fər[/t]] n. 1) math. zero 2) math. any of the Arabic numerals or figures 3) a person or thing of no value or importance; nonentity 4) crp a) a secret method of writing, as by code b) writing done by such a method; a coded message …