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[sahy-fer] /ˈsaɪ fər/
verb (used with object)
to join (boards having beveled edges) so as to make a flush surface.
Origin of sypher
First recorded in 1835-45; spelling variant of cipher Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So spoke Cousin Jane, whom sypher found, in a sense, an unexpected ally.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • It exactly matches some without arms which I bought at sypher's.

    A Little Country Girl Susan Coolidge
  • He almost walked on tiptoe into sypher's room and spoke to him in a hushed whisper, until rebuked for dismalness.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • sypher's, with their child, which was sick, came again to our house.

  • sypher dashed his hand across his forehead, and broke into a loud cry.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • "And surely you've come off victorious, Mr. sypher," said Zora.

    Septimus William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for sypher


(transitive) to lap (a chamfered edge of one plank over that of another) in order to form a flush surface
Derived Forms
syphering, noun
Word Origin
C19: variant of cipher
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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