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Decipher definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. To find the alphabet of a cipher; to explain what is written in ciphers, by finding what letter each character or mark represents; as, to decipher a letter written in ciphers.
2. To unfold; to unravel what is intricate; to explain what is obscure or difficult to be understood; as, to decipher an ambiguous speech, or an ancient manuscript or inscription.
3. To write out; to mark down in characters.
4. To stamp; to mark; to characterize.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: convert code into ordinary language [syn: decode, decrypt, decipher] [ant: encode]
2: read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs" [syn: decipher, trace]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Date: 1545 1. decode 1a 2. obsolete depict 3. a. to make out the meaning of despite indistinctness or obscurity b. to interpret the meaning of decipherable adjective decipherer noun decipherment noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 convert (a text written in cipher) into an intelligible script or language. 2 determine the meaning of (anything obscure or unclear). Derivatives: decipherable adj. decipherment n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Decipher De*ci"pher, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deciphered; p. pr. & vb. n. Deciphering.] [Pref. de- + cipher. Formed in imitation of F. d['e]chiffrer. See Cipher.] 1. To translate from secret characters or ciphers into intelligible terms; as, to decipher a letter written in secret characters. 2. To find out, so as to be able to make known the meaning of; to make out or read, as words badly written or partly obliterated; to detect; to reveal; to unfold. 3. To stamp; to detect; to discover. [R.] You are both deciphered, . . . For villains. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(deciphers, deciphering, deciphered) If you decipher a piece of writing or a message, you work out what it says, even though it is very difficult to read or understand. I'm still no closer to deciphering the code. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Unravel, unfold, interpret, reveal, explain, expound. 2. Read, make out.

Moby Thesaurus

account for, allegorize, analyze, answer, bottom, break, break down, cipher, clarify, clear up, crack, cryptanalyze, debug, decode, decrypt, demonstrate, demythologize, disentangle, divine, do, dope, dope out, elucidate, enlighten, euhemerize, exemplify, explain, explain away, explicate, exposit, expound, fathom, figure out, find out, find the answer, find the solution, get, get right, give reason for, give the meaning, guess, guess right, have it, hit it, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, make clear, make out, make plain, open the lock, paraphrase, plumb, popularize, psych, psych out, puzzle out, rationalize, ravel, ravel out, read, resolve, riddle, shed light upon, show, show how, show the way, simplify, solve, sort out, spell out, throw light upon, translate, undo, unfold, unlock, unravel, unriddle, unscramble, untangle, untwist, unweave, work, work out

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