un·​scram·​ble | \ ˌən-ˈskram-bəl How to pronounce unscramble (audio) \
unscrambled; unscrambling; unscrambles

Definition of unscramble

transitive verb

1 : to separate (something, such as a conglomeration or tangle) into original components : resolve, clarify
2 : to restore (scrambled communication) to intelligible form

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unscrambler \ ˌən-​ˈskram-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce unscrambler (audio) \ noun

Examples of unscramble in a Sentence

We weren't able to unscramble the satellite signal. Unscramble the letters ALCEDNRA to spell “CALENDAR.”
Recent Examples on the Web Because your descendants must wait for the second detector to be triggered, there’s no way to unscramble the message before its time. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Weirdness Now a Matter of Time," 19 Jan. 2016 However, Alice has also generated a secret private key, mathematically related to the public one, that helps her unscramble the message through computations like Bob’s. Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Cryptographers scramble to protect the internet from hackers with quantum computers," 21 Aug. 2019 Bringing soldiers onto the Cape Flats is too little and too late to unscramble the political omelette. Don Pinnock, Quartz Africa, "Cape Town’s bloody gang violence is deeply rooted in its racist history," 16 Aug. 2019 Former Sentinel columnist Jim Robison once tried to unscramble the tangle and in the process cited plenty of examples. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "Wekiva or Wekiwa, springs spell cool relief in summer," 11 Aug. 2019 That attack used ransomware — where hackers use malware to scramble a victim’s files and then demand money to unscramble them — to infect businesses, banks, hospitals, and schools in more than 150 countries. Alex Ward, Vox, "Microsoft says it notified nearly 10,000 customers that they were cyberattack victims," 17 July 2019 By twisting the sides, the cube’s colours can be scrambled and unscrambled. The Economist, "Speedcubers are solving Rubik’s Cubes at ever-faster speeds," 11 July 2019 Have fun simulating the universe and unscrambling eggs! Quanta Magazine, "Seeing Time Through a Liquid Crystal Display," 13 Sep. 2016 Few legal strokes would be as disruptive, yet fully avoidable, as trying to unscramble the Obergefell omelet. Walter Olson, WSJ, "Gay Marriage Is Here to Stay, Even With a Conservative Court," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of unscramble

circa 1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unscramble was circa 1920

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“Unscramble.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscramble. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unscramble

: to change (something, such as a message or an electronic signal) from a form that cannot be understood to a form that can be properly displayed, heard, read, etc.


un·​scram·​ble | \ ˌən-ˈskram-bəl How to pronounce unscramble (audio) \
unscrambled; unscrambling

Kids Definition of unscramble

: to make orderly or clear again If you unscramble the letters they spell a word.

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