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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cipher:

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Definition of the noun cipher

What does cipher mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ciphers

  1. a message written in a secret code
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of cipher: cypher
    • more generic word: message = a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
  2. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonyms of cipher: 0 / cypher / nought / zero
    • more generic words: digit / figure = one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
  3. a quantity of no importance
  4. a person of no influence
  5. a secret method of writing

Alternative definition of the noun cipher


  1. A numeric character.
  2. A method of transforming a text in order to conceal its meaning.
  3. [cryptography] A cryptographic system using an algorithm that converts letters or sequences of bits into ciphertext.
  4. Ciphertext; a message concealed via a 'cipher'.
  5. A grouping of three digits in a number, especially when delimited by commas or periods
  6. A design of interlacing initials: a decorative design consisting of a set of interlaced initials.
  7. [music] A fault in an organ valve which causes a pipe to sound continuously without the key having been pressed.
  8. The path (usually circular) shared cannabis takes through a group, an occasion of cannabis smoking.
  9. Someone or something of no importance.
  10. [obsolete] Zero.

Definition of the verb cipher

What does cipher mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: ciphered | ciphering | ciphers

  1. convert ordinary language into code
  2. make a mathematical calculation or computation

Alternative definition of the verb cipher


  1. (regional and/or dated) To calculate.


  1. Cipher is a fictional mutant character, a superhero in comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is a young African-American female who first appeared in Young X-Men #8 and was created by Marc Guggenheim and Rafa Sandoval.
  2. Cipher is a character from the newuniversal imprint of Marvel Comics, and is one of the four initial superhumans created by the White Event in 2006. newuniversal, designated Earth-555 in the Marvel Comics multiverse, is a re-imagining of the New Universe imprint from the late 1980s. The name Cipher actually refers to two things: a powerful extra-dimensional glyph that confers superhuman powers on a sentient being, and the name of the being that wields the glyph. Cipher is a new superhuman created by Warren Ellis and Salvador Larroca who were inspired by the original Spitfire and the nature of the Star Brand itself, combined with strong conceptual ties to Iron Man.


"Cipher" is an artwork (synthetic polymer) by Ernest Posey, begun in (38 years ago).

  • media: synthetic polymer


  1. "Cipher" is the debut album by The Alpha Conspiracy, released in 2001.
  2. "Cipher" is a musical album of Slim Cessna's Auto Club.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  3. "Cipher" is a musical EP of James Ruskin.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  4. "Cipher" is a musical album of Basement Dweller.
  5. "Cipher" is a composition.


Who is Cipher?

Cipher a.k.a. Martin Besig is a musical artist.


  1. Cipher is an American hardcore punk, metalcore band that formed in 1996 in Long Beach, New York. Cipher's original line-up consisted of Moe Mitchell, Danny Bobis, Chris Fry and Krys Maniecki.
  2. Cipher is a musical group.
  3. Cipher is a musical group.
    • album: "360°"
  4. Cipher is a musical group.
    • album: "Chaos Sign"

There are other groups with in their name, like Zero Cipher, Cipher System and Two Kings in a Cipher.


  1. Cipher: In cryptography, a cipher is an algorithm for performing encryption or decryption—a series of well-defined steps that can be followed as a procedure. An alternative, less common term is encipherment. To encipher or encode is to convert information from plain text into cipher or code. In non-technical usage, a 'cipher' is the same thing as a 'code'; however, the concepts are distinct in cryptography. In classical cryptography, ciphers were distinguished from codes.
    • also known as Cypher, Titkosítási algoritmus, Titkosító/visszafejtő algoritmus, 密碼法, אלגוריתם הצפנה, Versleutelingsalgoritme, Encryptiealgoritme
  2. Cipher is a manga series written and illustrated by Minako Narita. It was adapted into an OVA in 1989.

Phrases with Cipher

  1. to cipher
  2. Caesar Cipher
  3. Substitution cipher

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cipher

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Google previewAn Introduction to Cryptography (2000)

by Richard A. Mollin

(Block Ciphers) A Block Cipher is a cryptosystem which separates the plaintext message into strings, called blocks, affixed length k € N, called the blocklength and enciphers one block at a time. We now look at some special ...

Google previewInformation Science (2012)

by David G. Luenberger

The key associated with a substitution cipher is a transformation of the letters of the alphabet into other symbols, or it is a permutation of the alphabet itself. The key...

Google previewCryptography and Secure Communication (2014)

by Richard E. Blahut

A block cipher is a symmetric-key cipher that breaks a plaintext message into segments of fixed length. Each segment, called a plaintext block, consists of a fixed number of plaintext symbols. Using a secret key k known to both encryptor and ...

Google previewUMTS Security (2006)

by Valtteri Niemi, Kaisa Nyberg

Security requirements A block cipher is an encryption algorithm defined as a family of invertible functions parameterized using the secret key. The block cipher partitions a plaintext message into a sequence of blocks of equal length, ...

Google previewProgress in Cryptology -- INDOCRYPT 2003 (2003)

4th International Conference on Cryptology in India, New Delhi, India, December 8-10, 2003, Proceedings by Thomas Johansson, Subhamoy Maitra

Introduction A stream cipher is a basic cryptographic primitive which has widespread ap- plications in defence and commercial establishments. Like all basic primitives, designing a good stream cipher is a challenging task. In fact, in the past ...

Google previewSystem Forensics, Investigation and Response (2013)

by Adjunct Professor Collin College Texas Chuck Easttom, Chuck Easttom

The Atbash cipher is a Hebrew code that substitutes the first letter of the alphabet for the last letter and the second letter for the second-to-last letter, and so forth. It simply reverses the alphabet. This, like the Caesar cipher, is a single-alphabet ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Homeland Security and Defense (2006)

by Margaret R. O'Leary

cipher 1. Any cryptographic sys- tem in which arbitrary symbols or groups of symbols, represent units of plain text of regular length, usu- ally single letters, or in which units of plain text are rearranged,or both, in accordance with certain ...

Google previewThe Complete Enochian Dictionary (2001)

A Dictionary of the Angelic Language As Revealed to Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley by Donald C Laycock, Lon Milo Duquette, Edward Kelly, Dr John Dee

various cipher systems, but also contains a 'mystical language' (in reality a fairly simple cipher) that in some ways resembles Enoch- ian. What Dee thought of this book is contained in a letter to Sir William Cecil from Antwerp, dated l6 February ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Espionage (2013)

Spyspeak into English by Joseph Goulden

A cipher is a method of concealing plaintext by transposing its letters or number or by substituting other letters or numbers according to a key. A key is a set of instructions, usually in the form of letters or numbers, which controls the sequence ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1970)

Volume 4 - Calligraphy to Church Libraries by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour

lUPAC-Dyson Cipher In 1947, IUPAC established a Commission on Codification, ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Military History (2004)

by James C. Bradford

Cipher. is a cryptographic system in which units of plain text are substituted according to a predetermined key to conceal the readability and meaning of a message. It also refers to the text of an encrypted message and a computer software ...

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

cipher A cipher is a message or communication that has been written in code so that no unauthorised person can ...

Google previewThe Cyclopædia, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature: Navigation-writing by cipher (1820)

by Abraham Rees


Google previewThe Encyclopedia of New Testament Textual Criticism

by Robert B. Waltz

Hence the cipher. Ciphers, instead of replacing words and phrases by other words and phrases, replace letter by letter (or, these days, in blocks of letters) Since there are only a finite number of letters (26 in the Roman alphabet, plus whatever ...

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Quotes about Cipher

On that day when all is dark
When I wake on that blackened day
Though I wake to find no day
I will burn a flower on my tiny finger
And cipher the heart of the yelp (T. Wignesan)
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Scrabble value of C3I1P3H4E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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