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scramble

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verb, scram·ble \ˈskram-bəl\

Simple Definition of scramble

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scramble

scrambledscrambling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to move with urgency or panicb :  to move or climb hastily on all fours

  3. 2a :  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>

  4. 3 :  to spread or grow irregularly :  sprawl, straggle

  5. 4 :  to take off quickly in response to an alert

  6. 5 of a football quarterback :  to run with the ball after the pass protection breaks down

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to collect by scrambling

  9. 2a :  to toss or mix together :  jumbleb :  to prepare (eggs) by stirring during frying

  10. 3 :  to cause or order (a fighter-interceptor group) to scramble

  11. 4 :  to disarrange the elements of a transmission (as a telephone or television signal) in order to make unintelligible to interception

scrambler play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of scramble in a sentence

  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


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scramble

noun scram·ble

Simple Definition of scramble

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scramble

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of scrambling

  2. 2 :  a disordered mass :  jumble <a…scramble of patterns and textures — Vogue>

  3. 3 :  a rapid emergency takeoff of fighter-interceptor planes


SCRAMBLE Defined for Kids

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scramble

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verb scram·ble \ˈskram-bəl\

Definition of scramble for Students

scrambledscrambling

  1. 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. 2 :  to cook the mixed whites and yolks of eggs by stirring them while frying

  3. 3 :  to put in the wrong order <The letters of the word are scrambled.>

  4. 4 :  to work hard to win or escape something <She had to scramble to earn a living.>




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scramble

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noun scram·ble

Definition of scramble for Students

  1. :  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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