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Examples of cryptography in a Sentence
Companies often use cryptography to protect private information.
Recent Examples of cryptography from the Web
They are secured by cryptography, the computerized encoding and decoding of data.
Mundy doesn’t entirely succeed in deciphering the extraordinary complexity of codes and cryptography for layperson readers.
Friedman's team was working to break the Japanese diplomatic cryptography machine dubbed Purple.
The transmission of such keys is crucial to quantum cryptography.
Heartbleed, discovered in the OpenSSL cryptography library, affected roughly 500,000, or 17%, of the web’s trusted secure servers.
The Enigma machine is the most storied cryptography device in modern history.
While highly theoretical, her work had implications for quantum field theory and theoretical physics as well as engineering, prime numbers and cryptography.
Her work is already widely influential in mathematics, with possible future use in engineering, cryptography and theoretical physics, including studies of the origin of the universe.
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Did You Know?
For a word having to do with secrets, "cryptography" has a surprisingly transparent etymology. The word traces back to the Greek roots kryptos, meaning "hidden," and graphein, meaning "to write." "Kryptos" - which in turn traces to the Greek verb kryptein, meaning "to hide" - is a root shared by several English words, including "crypt," "cryptic," and "encrypt." "Krypton," the name of a colorless gaseous element used especially in some fluorescent lamps and photography flashes, also comes from "kryptos." The name was chosen because the gas is rare and hard to find.
Origin and Etymology of cryptography
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CRYPTOGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cryptography for English Language Learners
: the process of writing or reading secret messages or codes
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