American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move or climb hurriedly, especially on the hands and knees.
- v. To struggle or contend frantically in order to get something: scrambled for the best seats.
- v. To take off with all possible haste, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
- v. Football To run around with the ball behind the line of scrimmage in order to avoid being tackled while searching for an open receiver.
- v. Football To run forward with the ball when unable to complete an intended pass play. Used of a quarterback.
- v. To mix or throw together haphazardly.
- v. To gather together in a hurried or disorderly fashion.
- v. To cook (beaten eggs) until firm but with a soft consistency.
- v. Electronics To distort or garble (a signal) so as to render it unintelligible without a special receiver.
- v. To cause (aircraft) to take off as fast as possible, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
- n. The act or an instance of scrambling.
- n. An arduous hike or climb over rough terrain.
- n. An unceremonious scuffle or struggle.
- n. Sports See motocross.
- n. A swift takeoff of military aircraft in response to an alert or attack.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To struggle or wriggle along as if on all fours; move on with difficulty or in a floundering manner, as by seizing objects with the hand and drawing the body forward: as, to scramble up a cliff; to scramble on in the world.
- To struggle rudely or in a jostling manner with others for the purpose of grasping or getting something; strive eagerly, rudely, and without ceremony for or as if for something thrown on the ground: as, to scramble for pennies; to scramble for a living; to scramble for office.
- To stir or toss together in a random fashion; mix and cook in a confused mass.
- To throw down to be scrambled or struggled for: as, to scramble nuts.
- To advance or push in a scrambling way.
- n. A walk or ramble in which there is clambering and struggling with obstacles.
- n. An eager, rude contest or struggle for the possession of something offered or desired; an unceremonious jostling or pushing for the possession of something.
- In botany, to run or climb in all directions, especially over other plants. See scrambler, 2.
- interj. UK shouted when something desirable is thrown into a group of people who individually want that item.
- v. intransitive To move hurriedly to a location, especially by using all limbs against a surface.
- v. intransitive To proceed to a location or an objective in a disorderly manner.
- v. transitive To thoroughly combine and cook as a loose mass.
- v. transitive To process (telecommunication signals) to make them unintelligible to an unauthorized listener.
- v. transitive, military To quickly enter (vehicles, usually aircraft) and proceed to a destination in response to an alert, usually to intercept an attacking enemy.
- v. intransitive, sports To partake in motocross.
- v. intransitive To ascend rocky terrain as a leisure activity.
- n. A rush or hurry
- n. military An emergency defensive air force mission to intercept attacking enemy aircraft.
- n. A motocross race
- n. Any frantic period of activity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To clamber with hands and knees; to scrabble.
- v. To struggle eagerly with others for something thrown upon the ground; to go down upon all fours to seize something; to catch rudely at what is desired.
- v. To collect by scrambling.
- v. To prepare (eggs) as a dish for the table, by stirring the yolks and whites together while cooking.
- n. The act of scrambling, climbing on all fours, or clambering.
- n. The act of jostling and pushing for something desired; eager and unceremonious struggle for what is thrown or held out.
- v. bring into random order
- n. an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
- v. to move hurriedly
- v. stir vigorously
- v. make unintelligible
- v. climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
- n. rushing about hastily in an undignified way
- Origin uncertain. Compare earlier dialectal scramb ("pull with hands"). (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps blend of obsolete scamble, to struggle for, and dialectal cramble, to crawl. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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