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unscramble

[uhn-skram-buh l]
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verb (used with object), un·scram·bled, un·scram·bling.
  1. to bring out of a scrambled condition; reduce to order or intelligibility.
  2. 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).
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Origin of unscramble

First recorded in 1915–20; un-2 + scramble
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  • The disadvantage, soon manifest, was that no plan had been devised to unscramble the reports from the various tanks.

  • In the Pentagon it takes days to unscramble a received broadcast such as Betsy receives!

    The Machine That Saved The World

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • "These two'll unscramble that broadcast," said Sergeant Bellews, with tranquil confidence.

    The Machine That Saved The World

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins


British Dictionary definitions for unscramble

unscramble

verb (tr)
  1. to resolve from confusion or disorderliness
  2. to restore (a scrambled message) to an intelligible form
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Derived Formsunscrambler, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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