from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A key to a system of writing in cipher.
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He could no more comprehend her than some long-inurned Assyrian scroll, for which the cipher-key is wanting; and in the midst of his devotion she was conscious of no feeling save that of utter indifference, sometimes waxing into impatience at his frequent visits.
King spells patiently out, with cipher-key in hand, the most concealed hieroglyphics of Parma, or Guise, or Mendoza.
He leans over the shoulder of Philip the Second at his writing-table, as the King spells patiently out, with cipher-key in hand, the most concealed hieroglyphics of Parma or Guise or Mendoza.
How much lies in Laughter: the cipher-key, wherewith we decipher the whole man!
"It is the cipher-key wherewith we decipher the whole man.