- to make out the meaning of (poor or partially obliterated writing, etc.): to decipher a hastily scribbled note.
- to discover the meaning of (anything obscure or difficult to trace or understand): to decipher hieroglyphics.
- to interpret by the use of a key, as something written in cipher: to decipher a secret message.
- Obsolete. to depict; portray.
Origin of decipher
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Related Words for decipherableclear, comprehensible, explicable, interpretable, legible, readable, understandable
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Historical Examples of decipherable
Without a strong magnifying glass, not a word was decipherable.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Her figure-head had been washed away and the name on her stern was not decipherable.Jack Harkaway in New York
As before, these marks are only decipherable when the cards are held at a proper angle.Sharps and Flats
John Nevil Maskelyne
In worn examples the row of five stamps is not decipherable.Chats on Old Sheffield Plate
Admirable, ineffaceable, because so essentially all decipherable, Vanderpool!Notes of a Son and Brother
- to determine the meaning of (something obscure or illegible)
- to convert from code into plain text; decode