American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To read or interpret (ambiguous, obscure, or illegible matter). See Synonyms at solve.
- v. To convert from a code or cipher to plain text; decode.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To interpret by the use of a key, as something written in cipher; make out by discovering the key to.
- To succeed in reading, as what is written in obscure, partially obliterated, or badly formed characters.
- To discover or explain the meaning of, as of something that is obscure or difficult to be traced or understood.
- To describe or delineate.
- To find out; detect; discover; reveal.
- To write in cipher; conceal by means of a cipher or other disguise.
- =Syn. 1–3. To interpret, make out, unravel.
- n. A description.
- n. A deciphered cipher; a translated version of a cipher.
- v. To decode or decrypt a code or cipher to plain text.
- v. To read text that is almost illegible or obscure.
- v. To find a solution to a problem.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To translate from secret characters or ciphers into intelligible terms.
- v. To find out, so as to be able to make known the meaning of; to make out or read, as words badly written or partly obliterated; to detect; to reveal; to unfold.
- v. rare To stamp; to detect; to discover.
- v. read with difficulty
- v. convert code into ordinary language
“What I've been trying to decipher is whether John Donne is actually buried in St. Paul's Cathedral or not, in London.”
“Pointing out that you wrote out sentences that are literally impossible to decipher is not an ad hominem.”
“He certainly heard the question, because he repeated it back to Steve Murphy aloud, probably in the hopes that saying it to himself would help him decipher the code words masquerading as basic eighth grade English.”
“The video illustrates its many features, some of which I was able to decipher from the German with an educated guess.”
“I guess my comment, that Im now myself trying to decipher, is that only a genius could fix our problems at this time ”
“While our language columnist anxiously awaits her copy, she tries to decipher the Russian words for "countrymen" and "townsmen" into something usable.”
“Lady Mar crushed the registered wish in her hand; and though she was never able to decipher a word more of Bruce's numerous letters (many of which, could she have read them, contained complaints of that silence she had so cruelly occasioned), she took and destroyed them all.”
“National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Ken Spain goes one better, "It's hard to decipher which is the most fraudulent notion -- the fact that ACORN is a law-abiding entity worthy of a $4.2 billion bailout or that $1.1 trillion in out-of-control government spending is going to defy the experts and have some sort of immediate effect on the economy.”
“These will take me time to "decipher" and enter into a contact database for future events, including the building of the float.”
“As I understand "decipher", you want to learn to understand the Kernel Panic (KP) log.”
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