cipher

[ sahy-fer ]
/ ˈsaɪ fər /

noun

verb (used without object)

to use figures or numerals arithmetically.
to write in or as in cipher.

verb (used with object)

to calculate numerically; figure.
to convert into cipher.

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Also especially British, cy·pher .

Origin of cipher

1350–1400; Middle English siphre<Medieval Latin ciphra<Arabic ṣifr empty, zero; translation of Sanskrit śūnyā empty

OTHER WORDS FROM cipher

ci·pher·a·ble, adjectiveci·pher·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cipher

cipher

cypher

/ (ˈsaɪfə) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for cipher

C14: from Old French cifre zero, from Medieval Latin cifra, from Arabic sifr zero, empty
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