verb (used without object), scram·bled, scram·bling.
verb (used with object), scram·bled, scram·bling.
Origin of scramble
Related Words for scramblemelee, rush, tussle, struggle, free-for-all, contend, vie, scurry, jostle, clamber, push, climb, crawl, shuffle, tumble, clutter, commotion, muddle, competition, litter
Examples from the Web for scramble
Contemporary Examples of scramble
When Carter lost reelection in 1980, Rubenstein had to scramble.Patriotic Philanthropy: Not an Oxymoron
November 27, 2014
In the meantime, the scramble is on and, in Republican presidential politics, anything can happen.The Social Conservative Royal Rumble Is Brewing in Iowa
October 17, 2014
Colleges churn out graduates and confer advanced degrees, but the scramble for jobs continues.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
Perhaps worst of all, this scramble for spoils raises the value of gains even as it lowers the bar for action.Is Democracy Doomed Abroad?
August 31, 2014
In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and cook in a pan to scramble, remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
Historical Examples of scramble
There was a scramble on the instant for muskets, bags, and belongings.In the Valley
The remainder of the ceremony was lost amid the hurry and scramble of the departure.
Without answering, the other Sister at once plunged into the midst of the scramble.
Somebody said you just had a scramble with old Dmitri himself.Dogfight--1973
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Silver, even, would be treated with contempt, and there would be a scramble for gold.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Word Origin for scramble
1580s (intransitive), perhaps a nasalized variant of scrabble (v.), in its sense of "to struggle, to scrape quickly." Transitive sense "to stir or toss together randomly" is from 1822. Broadcasting sense "to make unintelligible" is attested from 1927. Related: Scrambled; scrambling. Scrambled eggs first recorded 1843.
1670s, "an eager, rude contest or struggle," from scramble (v.). Meaning "a walk or ramble involving clambering and struggling with obstacles" is from 1755. Meaning "rapid take-off" first recorded 1940, R.A.F. slang.