[ skram-bler ]
See synonyms for scrambler on
  1. a person or thing that scrambles.

  2. 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 + -er1

Words Nearby scrambler Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scrambler in a sentence

  • Don knelt and fished from under the other's left arm a vicious-looking short-barrelled scrambler.

    Medal of Honor | Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • This is the tragic side of the scrambler's career, the shadow thrown by almost every one of the class.

  • "They won't scan through this scrambler, sir," asserted the young officer.

    The Outbreak of Peace | Horace Brown Fyfe
  • “The speech scrambler is an electric circuit which automatically transposes voice frequencies,” the Commodore resumed.

    Saboteurs on the River | Mildred A. Wirt
  • Dan gulped the last of his coffee, and found a visi-phone booth with a scrambler in working order.

    Martyr | Alan Edward Nourse

British Dictionary definitions for scrambler


/ (ˈskræmblə) /

  1. a plant that produces long weak shoots by which it grows over other plants

  2. an electronic device that renders speech unintelligible during transmission, normal speech being restored at the receiving system

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Scientific definitions for scrambler


[ skrămblər ]

  1. An electronic device that scrambles telecommunication signals to make them unintelligible to anyone without a special receiver.

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