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).
Origin of unscramble
First recorded in 1915–20; un-2
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Related Words for unscramblefacilitate
Examples from the Web for unscramble
Contemporary Examples of unscramble
Historical Examples of unscramble
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!
"These two'll unscramble that broadcast," said Sergeant Bellews, with tranquil confidence.
British Dictionary definitions for unscramble
Derived Formsunscrambler, noun
to resolve from confusion or disorderliness
to restore (a scrambled message) to an intelligible form
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Word Origin and History for unscramble
"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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