verb (used without object), scram·bled, scram·bling.
verb (used with object), scram·bled, scram·bling.
- scrambled egg,
- scrambled eggs,
Origin of scramble
Examples from the Web for scramble
When Carter lost reelection in 1980, Rubenstein had to scramble.
In the meantime, the scramble is on and, in Republican presidential politics, anything can happen.The Social Conservative Royal Rumble Is Brewing in Iowa|Ben Jacobs|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Colleges churn out graduates and confer advanced degrees, but the scramble for jobs continues.
Perhaps worst of all, this scramble for spoils raises the value of gains even as it lowers the bar for action.
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|Harley Morenstein|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They scramble at their meals; and the one that is not able to contest for his share is certain to get the least.The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
I like the look of you, sir; I like the blunt fearlessness with which you scramble over a wall; you are a man, sir!The Cruise of the Make-Believes|Tom Gallon
It was all in such a scramble, that I had no notion there was anything amiss till Clem began to talk on the way home.'The Pillars of the House, Vol. I (of 2)|Charlotte M. Yonge
Mrs. Bagley looked at the scramble of equipment in the room as though it were an enemy.The Fourth R|George Oliver Smith
He can scramble into a manger—where my unruly hens persist in making an occasional nest—like a marmoset.The Prairie Mother|Arthur Stringer
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.