- the science or study of the techniques of secret writing, especially code and cipher systems, methods, and the like.Compare cryptanalysis(def 2).
- the procedures, processes, methods, etc., of making and using secret writing, as codes or ciphers.
- anything written in a secret code, cipher, or the like.
Origin of cryptography
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Examples from the Web for cryptography
Cryptography is the art of coding and decoding information between parties.A New Trove of NSA Documents Reveal What Spies Read for Fun
March 29, 2013
In cryptography it's a number, or letter, thrown in for the sake of appearance, or to confuse.The Caves of Fear
In this work the different methods of cryptography are classified.
Cryptography, krip-tog′ra-fi, n. the art of secret writing: the character or cipher so used.
He is the author of a work on cryptography, I believe, though I am ashamed to say I haven't yet read it.
I am not altogether ignorant of cryptography; it was Trevisa's favorite pursuit when we were at college.
- the science or study of analysing and deciphering codes, ciphers, etc; cryptanalysis
Word Origin and History for cryptography
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The science of coding and decoding messages so as to keep these messages secure. Coding (see encryption) takes place using a key that ideally is known only by the sender and intended recipient of the message.
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