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

  • intransitive v. To move or climb hurriedly, especially on the hands and knees.
  • intransitive v. To struggle or contend frantically in order to get something: scrambled for the best seats.
  • intransitive v. To take off with all possible haste, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
  • intransitive 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.
  • intransitive v. Football To run forward with the ball when unable to complete an intended pass play. Used of a quarterback.
  • transitive v. To mix or throw together haphazardly.
  • transitive v. To gather together in a hurried or disorderly fashion.
  • transitive v. To cook (beaten eggs) until firm but with a soft consistency.
  • transitive v. Electronics To distort or garble (a signal) so as to render it unintelligible without a special receiver.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. shouted when something desirable is thrown into a group of people who individually want that item.
  • v. To move hurriedly to a location, especially by using all limbs against a surface.
  • v. To proceed to a location or an objective in a disorderly manner.
  • v. To thoroughly combine and cook as a loose mass.
  • v. To process (telecommunication signals) to make them unintelligible to an unauthorized listener.
  • v. To quickly enter (vehicles, usually aircraft) and proceed to a destination in response to an alert, usually to intercept an attacking enemy.
  • v. To partake in motocross.
  • v. To ascend rocky terrain as a leisure activity.
  • n. A rush or hurry
  • n. An emergency defensive air force mission to intercept attacking enemy aircraft.
  • n. A motocross race
  • n. Any frantic period of activity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To clamber with hands and knees; to scrabble.
  • intransitive 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.
  • transitive v. To collect by scrambling.
  • transitive v. To prepare (eggs) as a dish for the table, by stirring the yolks and whites together while cooking.

from The 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.
  • In botany, to run or climb in all directions, especially over other plants. See scrambler, 2.
  • 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.

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

  • 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


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

Perhaps blend of obsolete scamble, to struggle for, and dialectal cramble, to crawl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Origin uncertain. Compare earlier dialectal scramb ("pull with hands").



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