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1scramble

verb scram·ble \ˈskram-bəl\

: to move or climb over something quickly especially while also using your hands

: to move or act quickly to do, find, or get something often before someone else does

: to prepare (eggs) by mixing the white and yellow parts together and then stirring the mixture in a hot pan

scram·bledscram·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SCRAMBLE

intransitive verb
1
a :  to move with urgency or panic
b :  to move or climb hastily on all fours
2
a :  to struggle eagerly or unceremoniously for possession of something <scramble for front seats>
b :  to get or gather something with difficulty or in irregular ways <scramble for a living>
3
:  to spread or grow irregularly :  sprawl, straggle
4
:  to take off quickly in response to an alert
5
of a football quarterback :  to run with the ball after the pass protection breaks down
transitive verb
1
:  to collect by scrambling
2
a :  to toss or mix together :  jumble
b :  to prepare (eggs) by stirring during frying
3
:  to cause or order (a fighter-interceptor group) to scramble
4
:  to disarrange the elements of a transmission (as a telephone or television signal) in order to make unintelligible to interception
scram·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun
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Examples of SCRAMBLE

  1. We scrambled over the boulders and kept climbing up the mountain.
  2. He scrambled up the ramp.
  3. reporters scrambling to finish stories by deadline
  4. Both players scrambled for the ball.
  5. News of the factory closing found workers scrambling to find jobs.
  6. It started to rain, and we all scrambled for cover.
  7. I'll scramble some eggs for breakfast.

Origin of SCRAMBLE

perhaps alteration of 1scrabble
First Known Use: 1568

Rhymes with SCRAMBLE

2scramble

noun

: the act of moving or climbing over something quickly especially while also using your hands

: the act of moving or acting quickly to do, find, or get something

American football : a play in which the quarterback runs with the ball while being chased by defensive players

Full Definition of SCRAMBLE

1
:  the act or an instance of scrambling
2
:  a disordered mass :  jumble <a…scramble of patterns and textures — Vogue>
3
:  a rapid emergency takeoff of fighter-interceptor planes

Examples of SCRAMBLE

  1. a quick scramble over boulders
  2. the scramble for power in the country
  3. a scramble for the ball
  4. There was a mad scramble to fill vacant positions at the school.

First Known Use of SCRAMBLE

1648
SCRAMBLE Defined for Kids

1scramble

verb scram·ble \ˈskram-bəl\
scram·bledscram·bling

Definition of SCRAMBLE for Kids

1
:  to move or climb quickly and if necessary on hands and knees <… the boats were pushed into the water, and … we scrambled into them as best we could. — Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins>
2
:  to cook the mixed whites and yolks of eggs by stirring them while frying
3
:  to put in the wrong order <The letters of the word are scrambled.>
4
:  to work hard to win or escape something <She had to scramble to earn a living.>

2scramble

noun

Definition of SCRAMBLE for Kids

:  a disorderly rush <They heard … a scramble and a shout: “Call off your dog! …” — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie>

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