unscramble

[ uhn-skram-buh l ]
/ ʌnˈskræm bəl /

verb (used with object), un·scram·bled, un·scram·bling.

to bring out of a scrambled condition; reduce to order or intelligibility.
Also descramble. to make (a scrambled radio or telephonic message) comprehensible by systematically tuning the receiver to the frequencies used in transmission.Compare decode(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. unscathed,
  2. unscented,
  3. unscheduled,
  4. unschooled,
  5. unscientific,
  6. unscrambler,
  7. unscratched,
  8. unscreened,
  9. unscrew,
  10. unscripted

Origin of unscramble

First recorded in 1915–20; un-2 + scramble

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British Dictionary definitions for unscramble

unscramble

/ (ʌnˈskræmbəl) /

verb (tr)

to resolve from confusion or disorderliness
to restore (a scrambled message) to an intelligible form
Derived Formsunscrambler, noun

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Word Origin and History for unscramble

unscramble

v.

"restore to order," 1923, from un- (2) + scramble (v.). The original notion probably is from the old retort about the impossibility of unscrambling eggs. Related: Unscrambled; unscrambling.

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