from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To put (a message, for example) into cipher.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To put into cipher. Also spelled encypher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To convert plain text into cipher; to encrypt

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

  • verb convert ordinary language into code


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  • Someone who wanted to be especially devious could encipher a banal plaintext with the actually significant information embedded in the structure of the key.

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  • Section VI of the ten point statement declares: “Users of digital communication equipment, systems, or devices shall be able to utilize encipher technology in order to protect the privacy and security of their communications.”

    "eBill of Rights" Proposed by Politically Diverse Organizations

  • There is training in code (for example, how to encipher the instruction "kill this devil") and training in the proper posture for shooting someone ( "the body should be normal, not tense, and the joints relaxed, not too tight, not too loose").

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  • These keys are used to encipher a message between a transmitter and

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 2005

  • The Nazis went to great lengths to encipher their secret messages, building mechanical scramblers.

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  • MTC is primarily a study of the properties of a channel of communication and of codes that can efficiently encipher data into recordable and transmittable signals.

    Semantic Conceptions of Information

  • I pointed out that it had taken him eighteen seconds to copy out his one-time pad groups and write his message beneath them, and another fifty seconds to encipher LONG LIVE TILTMAN.

    between silk and cyanide

  • A short message of a few hundred characters would take all evening to encipher.

    Mayibuye Returns

  • Some months earlier the comrades had asked us to develop an encryption system that would allow them to encipher and decipher their own files for safekeeping.

    Searching for a women's movement

  • "Just a little bit farther," Erythrina said over her shoulder, speaking in the beast language (encipher - ment) that they had chosen with their forms.

    True Names


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