[ skram-bler ]
/ ˈskræm blər /


a person or thing that scrambles.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scrambler

British Dictionary definitions for scrambler

/ (ˈskræmblə) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Science definitions for scrambler

[ skrămblər ]

An electronic device that scrambles telecommunication signals to make them unintelligible to anyone without a special receiver.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.