verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of cipher
Related Words for cipheringcount, resolve, compute, calculate, figure, reckon, break, solve, decipher, unravel, estimate
Examples from the Web for ciphering
Historical Examples of ciphering
"Better stick to your ciphering, my young friend," he said to him, one day.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Then he takes a fresh sheet of paper and resumes his ciphering and reckoning.A Family of Noblemen
He was taught reading, writing, ciphering, and the translation of the Bible.History of the Jews, Vol. VI (of 6)
School hours were to be spent principally in writing, ciphering, and reciting.Ella Clinton
There was no ciphering her out by the rules that worked with other children.Anne Of Green Gables
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Word Origin for cipher
late 14c., "arithmetical symbol for zero," from Old French cifre "nought, zero," Medieval Latin cifra, with Spanish and Italian cifra, ultimately from Arabic sifr "zero," literally "empty, nothing," from safara "to be empty;" loan-translation of Sanskrit sunya-s "empty." The word came to Europe with Arabic numerals. Originally in English "zero," then "any numeral" (early 15c.), then (first in French and Italian) "secret way of writing; coded message" (a sense first attested in English 1520s), because early codes often substituted numbers for letters. Klein says Modern French chiffre is from Italian cifra.
"to do arithmetic" (with Arabic numerals), 1520s, from cipher (n.). Meaning "to write in code" is from 1560s. Related: Ciphered; ciphering.