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ci·pher /ˈsaɪfɚ/

零,暗號,密碼,無用的東西,阿拉伯數字(vt.)(vi.)計算,做算術

From: Network Terminology

cipher

密碼 加密

Ci·pher n.

1. Arith. 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.

*Here he was a mere cipher.* --

3. A character in general, as a figure or letter. [Obs.]

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

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.

Ci·pher, a. Of the nature of a cipher; of no weight or influence. *“Twelve cipher bishops.”*

Ci·pher, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ciphered p. pr. & vb. n. Ciphering.] To use figures in a mathematical process; to do sums in arithmetic.

*'T was certain he could write and cipher too.* --*Goldsmith.*

Ci·pher, v. t.

1. To write in occult characters.

*His notes he ciphered with Greek characters.* --*Hayward.*

2. To get by ciphering; as, to cipher out the answer.

3. To decipher. [Obs.]

4. To designate by characters. [Obs.]

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From: WordNet (r) 2.0

cipher

n 1: a message written in a secret code [syn: cypher]

2: a mathematical element that when added to another number

yields the same number [syn: zero, 0, nought, cypher]

3: a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had

ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had

done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all

for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it" [syn: nothing,

nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cypher, goose

egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip]

4: a person of no influence [syn: cypher, nobody, nonentity]

5: a secret method of writing [syn: cypher, cryptograph, secret

code]

v 1: convert ordinary language into code; "We should encode the

message for security reasons" [syn: encode, code, encipher,

cypher, encrypt, inscribe, write in code] [ant:

decode]

2: make a mathematical calculation or computation [syn: calculate,

cypher, compute, work out, reckon, figure]