rail-fence cipher

noun

Definition of rail-fence cipher

: a zigzag transposition method in which alternate letters of the plaintext are juxtaposed (as in the enciphermentbridge=bigrde)

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“Rail-fence cipher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rail-fence%20cipher. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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