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.”

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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 Although still a research-heavy technique, homomorphic encryption would presumably let companies analyze and crunch encrypted data without needing to unscramble that information. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "4 Big Takeaways from Satya Nadella's Talk at Microsoft Build," 7 May 2018 To unscramble the mystery and study egg structures, researchers at McGill University used a new focused-ion beam that allowed them to cut extremely thin sections of shell, according to a press release. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How Do Tiny Chicks Crack Out of Their Eggs?," 5 Apr. 2018 Armed with their private keys, the Vienna and Beijing teams could unscramble that combined key by essentially subtracting their own, and so learn the other’s secret key. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Has Arrived (and It Hasn’t)," 16 Feb. 2018 The passwords at such sites are scrambled for security, so attackers have to make lots of guesses to unscramble them. Lorrie Cranor, Washington Post, "You added ‘!’ or ‘1’ to your password, thinking this made it strong. Science says no.," 8 Sep. 2017 Unscrambling the mystery that is hitting a baseball, traveling at up to 100 mph, is Doherty's life's work. Dom Amore, courant.com, "For Yard Goats' Tim Doherty, Science Of Hitting Is A Lifelong Passion," 14 June 2017 The University of Texas at Arlington senior has mastered the art of unscrambling a Rubik’s Cube. David Martindale, star-telegram.com, "Three North Texans are vying for the ‘SuperHuman’ title," 7 June 2017 On Thursday, French computer-security researcher Adrien Guinet found a way to unscramble the files without paying the $300 ransom. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "For WannaCry Victims, a Possible Way Out," 19 May 2017

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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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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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