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Definition of Cipher


  1. A character [0] which, standing by itself, expresses nothing, but when placed at the right hand of a whole number, increases its value tenfold.
  2. One who, or that which, has no weight or influence.
  3. A character in general, as a figure or letter.
  4. A combination or interweaving of letters, as the initials of a name; a device; a monogram; as, a painter's cipher, an engraver's cipher, etc. The cut represents the initials N. W.
  5. A private alphabet, system of characters, or other mode of writing, contrived for the safe transmission of secrets; also, a writing in such characters.
  6. Of the nature of a cipher; of no weight or influence.
  7. To use figures in a mathematical process; to do sums in arithmetic.
  8. To write in occult characters.
  9. To get by ciphering; as, to cipher out the answer.
  10. To decipher.
  11. To designate by characters.

Cipher Translations

cipher in Afrikaans is syfer
cipher in Dutch is cijfer, nummer
cipher in Finnish is numero
cipher in French is chiffre, coder
cipher in Portuguese is cifra
cipher in Spanish is cifrar
cipher in Swedish is chiffer, siffra, chiffer, nolla