an electronic device that mixes and confuses telecommunications signals in order to make them unintelligible through certain circuits.Compare unscrambler(def 2).
Origin of scrambler
First recorded in 1680–90; scramble
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Examples from the Web for scrambler
Historical Examples of scrambler
His image shimmered, then cleared as the scrambler units aligned.
The screen flowed with the black and white patterns of the scrambler.
He threw the scrambler switch, then asked anxiously, "Yes, Steve?"
When he walked in, his secretary was answering the line fitted with a scrambler, which connected directly with the Pentagon.
I don't like to talk about it by screen—too many people know our scrambler combinations.
British Dictionary definitions for scrambler
a plant that produces long weak shoots by which it grows over other plants
an electronic device that renders speech unintelligible during transmission, normal speech being restored at the receiving system
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An electronic device that scrambles telecommunication signals to make them unintelligible to anyone without a special receiver.
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