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verb (used with object)
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Origin of cipher
OTHER WORDS FROM cipherci·pher·a·ble, adjectiveci·pher·er, noun
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How to use cipher in a sentence
Most frustrating of all is the show’s saintly cipher of a hero.Stephen King Adaptation Lisey's Story Is Mawkish, Dull and Too Long by Half|Judy Berman|June 4, 2021|Time
Women who knew the ciphers were not to fall into enemy hands.Forgotten spies who fought the Nazis in the Middle East|Jonathan Kirsch|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
One night in February 1940, after a fruitless day attacking the cipher, Herivel fell asleep in an armchair in front of his fireplace.Hackers thrive on the weak link in cybersecurity: People|Gershom Gorenberg|February 1, 2021|Washington Post
The 1877 commission formed to decide the election had subpoenaed copies of over 30,000 telegrams, many of them written in cipher.Ted Cruz’s proposed election commission can only hurt the country|Stuart MacKay|January 6, 2021|Washington Post
Being something of a political cipher may have helped Revels rise to prominence.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He is a cipher who has reduced his own party to near-cipher status.
The Scientists profusely apologized when I left the table at which they had their Cipher.
But what of all those people watching at home, waiting for Ann to explain the cipher that is Mittens?
How else to explain the astounding fact that this cynical cipher is now more or less neck and neck with Obama in the polls?
The figure value of “sew,” therefore equals or is represented by a cipher .Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
A will may be found, or my uncle's marriage proved; in either case, I sink back into the cipher I was before.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
In those old days when I was thrown much with this man, he had shown me a curious cipher and taught me how to use it.The Mayor's Wife|Anna Katherine Green
So the duke said it was kind of hard to have to lay roped all day, and he'd cipher out some way to get around it.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He l'arned to read, en when Maizie came, he l'arned to write en cipher after he was a grown man.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney