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CIPHER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cipher mean? 

CIPHER (noun)
  The noun CIPHER has 5 senses:

1. a message written in a secret code
2. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number
3. a quantity of no importance
4. a person of no influence
5. a secret method of writing

  Familiarity information: CIPHER used as a noun is common.


CIPHER (verb)
  The verb CIPHER has 2 senses:

1. convert ordinary language into code
2. make a mathematical calculation or computation

  Familiarity information: CIPHER used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CIPHER (noun)


Sense 1cipher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A message written in a secret code

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

cipher; cypher

Hypernyms ("cipher" is a kind of...):

message (a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled)


Sense 2cipher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

nought; cypher; 0; cipher; zero

Hypernyms ("cipher" is a kind of...):

digit; figure (one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration)


Sense 3cipher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A quantity of no importance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

nothing; null; zero; zilch; zip; zippo; nix; nil; naught; nada; goose egg; aught; cypher; cipher

Context examples:

it looked like nothing I had ever seen before / reduced to nil all the work we had done / we racked up a pathetic goose egg / it was all for naught / I didn't hear zilch about it

Hypernyms ("cipher" is a kind of...):

relative quantity (a quantity relative to some purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cipher"):

nihil ((Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ))

bugger all; Fanny Adams; fuck all; sweet Fanny Adams (little or nothing at all)


Sense 4cipher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person of no influence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

nobody; nonentity; cypher; cipher

Hypernyms ("cipher" is a kind of...):

common man; common person; commoner (a person who holds no title)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cipher"):

pip-squeak; small fry; squirt (someone who is small and insignificant)

jackanapes; lightweight; whippersnapper (someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous)


Sense 5cipher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A secret method of writing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

cryptograph; secret code; cypher; cipher

Hypernyms ("cipher" is a kind of...):

code (a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy)


CIPHER (verb)


Sense 1cipher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Convert ordinary language into code

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

encrypt; encode; encipher; cypher; cipher; write in code; code; inscribe

Context example:

We should encode the message for security reasons

Hypernyms (to "cipher" is one way to...):

write (communicate or express by writing)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2cipher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a mathematical calculation or computation

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

calculate; compute; cypher; cipher; figure; reckon; work out

Hypernyms (to "cipher" is one way to...):

reason (think logically)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cipher"):

divide; fraction (perform a division)

extrapolate; interpolate (estimate the value of)

differentiate (calculate a derivative; take the derivative)

integrate (calculate the integral of; calculate by integration)

survey (plot a map of (land))

approximate; estimate; gauge; guess; judge (judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time))

budget (make a budget)

capitalise; capitalize (compute the present value of a business or an income)

multiply (combine by multiplication)

deduct; subtract; take off (make a subtraction)

add; add together (make an addition by combining numbers)

quantise; quantize (apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor)

extract (calculate the root of a number)

process (perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information)

prorate (divide or assess proportionally)

miscalculate; misestimate (calculate incorrectly)

recalculate (calculate anew)

average; average out (compute the average of)

factor; factor in; factor out (resolve into factors)

resolve; solve (find the solution)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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