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[skram-bler] /ˈskræm blər/
a person or thing that scrambles.
an electronic device that mixes and confuses telecommunications signals in order to make them unintelligible through certain circuits.
Compare unscrambler (def 2).
Origin of scrambler
First recorded in 1680-90; scramble + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for scrambler
Historical Examples
  • The screen flowed with the black and white patterns of the scrambler.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • His image shimmered, then cleared as the scrambler units aligned.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • He threw the scrambler switch, then asked anxiously, "Yes, Steve?"

  • When he walked in, his secretary was answering the line fitted with a scrambler, which connected directly with the Pentagon.

  • I don't like to talk about it by screen—too many people know our scrambler combinations.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • We keep a careful check to be sure our phones aren't tapped, and there's a scrambler on each line.

  • In a few minutes Rick had the agent on the wire and was giving him the details of the accident over the scrambler system.

  • This is the tragic side of the scrambler's career, the shadow thrown by almost every one of the class.

  • "They won't scan through this scrambler, sir," asserted the young officer.

    The Outbreak of Peace Horace Brown Fyfe
  • Dan gulped the last of his coffee, and found a visi-phone booth with a scrambler in working order.

    Martyr Alan Edward Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for scrambler


a plant that produces long weak shoots by which it grows over other plants
an electronic device that renders speech unintelligible during transmission, normal speech being restored at the receiving system
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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scrambler in Science
An electronic device that scrambles telecommunication signals to make them unintelligible to anyone without a special receiver.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for scrambler



A motorcycle used for mountain or hill riding (1970s+ Motorcyclists)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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