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Definition of the verb garble

What does garble mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: garbled | garbling | garbles

  1. make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story

Alternative definition of the verb garble


  1. [obsolete] To sift or bolt, to separate the fine or valuable parts of from the coarse and useless parts, or from dross or dirt; as, to garble spices.
  2. To pick out such parts of as may serve a purpose; to mutilate; to pervert; as, to garble a quotation; to garble an account.
  3. To make false by mutilation or addition

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for garble

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Google previewSynonyms Discriminated (1889)

A Dictionary of Synonymous Words in the English Language, Illustrated with Quotations from Standard Writers by Charles John Smith

To Garble is a particular kind of falsification, probably from L. Lat. garbeOare, to sift. It is to cleanse from dross and dust, and was used specially of spices ; hence to garble is to separate and discard extraneous matter, and to pick and choose ...

Google previewAdvances in Electronics and Electron Physics (1986)

The range error component due to garble is a complex function of the extraneous pulse environment and the receiver processing parameters, particularly the interrogator data processing alOUTLIER WINDOW DESIRED PULSE RANGE GATE ...

Google previewComputer Security (2014)

by John M. Carroll

Encrypting Service Messages Service messages (that is, requests for reruns occasioned by garbles) that relate to encrypted messages should themselves be encrypted. A garble is an error in transmission that renders decryption of a message ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1862)

E - P by Hensleigh Wedgwood

To Garble. To cleanse from dross and dust. Sp. garbillo, a coarse sieve ; garbillare, to garble, to sift, to separate the bad from the good.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

GARBLE, Y. garbl [Sp. garbillo, a coarse sieve; garbillar, to garble, to sift: OF. garbeller, to examine £: to sift nearly: Ar. ghirbal, a large sieve: comp. Gael garbh, thick, rough; buaile, to strike out—lit., to sift out the refusel: to strike out the thick or ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

Garble, to select for a purpose ; hence, to corrupt an account. (F. — Span. — Arab .) Orig. to pick out, sort, sift out. — O. F. garbcler* (not found), the same as gra- teller, to garble spices, or sort them out, orig. to sift. The same as Span, garbillar, ...

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of English Etymology (1993)

by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat

Garbage ; see Garble. Garble, to select for a purpose ; hence ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1818)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. To which are Prefixed a History of the Language, and an English Grammar by Samuel Johnson

To GARBLE. h. v. a. [garbellare, Italian.] 1. To sift and cleanse spices .

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

GARBLE, v.a. U Ital, garbellare; Span. GAR'bleR, n. s. 5 garbellar.

Google previewAn Universal Etymological English Dictionary Comprehending the Derivations of the Generality of Words in the English Tongue, ... and Also a Brief and Clear Explication of All Difficult Words Derived from Any of the Aforefaid Languages; ... Together with a Large Collection and Explication of Words and Phrases Us'd in Our Ancient Statutes, ... By N. Bailey (1724)

GARBAGE, Tof Garble, to cleanse, ::::::: to Minfhew] the Entrails, &c. O d It Cl. - GARBEFEDERS, the Feathers under a Hawks-Beak. o. To GARBLE, [Grabeller, F . Garbclare, Ital.] to cleanfe from Dross and Dirt, commonly used of Spices.

Google previewAn universal etymological English dictionary (1724)

by Nathan Bailey

To GARBLE, [GrabtUer, F.Garholart, Jtal. J to cleanse from Dross and Dirt, commonly used of Spices, GARBLER OF SPICES, an Officer of great Antiquity in the City of London, who might enter into any Shop. Warehouse, &c. to view Drugs , ...

Google previewCommunications Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin H. Weik

garble. In communication systems, an undesired result of an error in transmission, reception, recording, encryption, or decryption that renders a message or a portion of a message incorrect or undecipherable. Garbled text ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

GARBLE. GARBLE. GARDEN. AVmbous's garden was ...

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Garble Meaning

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Scrabble value of G2A1R1B3L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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