Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See cryptogram.
  • n. A system of secret or cipher writing; a cipher.
  • n. A device for translating plain text into cipher.
  • n. A device for deciphering codes and ciphers.
  • transitive v. To write (a message, for example) in code or cipher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cipher or cryptogram.
  • n. A device used for encrypting or decrypting text.
  • v. To write text using a code or cipher.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Cipher; something written in cipher.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something written in secret characters or cipher.
  • n. A system of secret writing; a cipher.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a device for deciphering codes and ciphers
  • n. a piece of writing in code or cipher
  • n. a secret method of writing

Etymologies

crypto- + -graph (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now, at the very first letter Jarriquez was stopped in his calculations, for the difference in alphabetical position between the d and the p gave him not one cipher, but two, namely, 12, and in this kind of cryptograph only one letter can take the place of another.

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • _p_ gave him not one cipher, but two, namely, 12, and in this kind of cryptograph only one letter can take the place of another.

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • As it was, I assumed the cryptograph to be English.

    The Gold-Bug

  • In the present instance we see it doubled less than five times, although the cryptograph is brief.

    The Gold-Bug

  • But be assured that the specimen before us appertains to the very simplest species of cryptograph.

    The Gold-Bug

  • At the same time in England, mathematician Alan Turing, a seminal figure in the foundations of modern computer science and the mastermind who helped break the German Enigma cryptograph machine during the Second World War, wrote about the evidence for psi:

    ENTANGLED MINDS

  • Despite Frere's exposure of his cryptograph, he had won the confidence of Meekin; and into that worthy creature's ear he poured

    For the term of his natural life

  • Poe used dozens of words which I didn't understand including cryptograph but I knew what a crypt was.

    between silk and cyanide

  • As several former CIA agents told me, each person working for the Agency is assigned a cryptograph to conceal his identity, even within the Agency itself.

    Allard Lowenstein: An Exchange

  • The soul is a cipher, in the sense of a cryptograph; and the shorter a cryptograph is, the more difficulty there is in its comprehension -- at a certain point of brevity it would bid defiance to an army of Champollions.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 6, August 5, 1850

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