verb (used with object)

to convert (a message, communication, etc.) into cipher.

Nearby words

  1. enchorial,
  2. enchoric,
  3. encina,
  4. encina, juan del,
  5. encincture,
  6. encircle,
  7. encke,
  8. encke's comet,
  9. encke's division,
  10. encl.

Origin of encipher

First recorded in 1570–80; en-1 + cipher

Related formsen·ci·pher·er, nounen·ci·pher·ment, nounun·en·ci·phered, adjective

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Examples from the Web for encipher

  • To encipher, first write out the key, letter by letter, placing the message letter by letter beneath it.

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British Dictionary definitions for encipher



(tr) to convert (a message, document, etc) from plain text into code or cipher; encode
Derived Formsencipherer, nounencipherment, noun

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