English noun: cipher
|1.||cipher (communication) a message written in a secret code|
|2.||cipher (quantity) a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number|
|Synonyms||0, cypher, nought, zero|
|Broader (hypernym)||digit, figure|
|3.||cipher (quantity) a quantity of no importance|
|Samples||It looked like nothing I had ever seen before.|
Reduced to nil all the work we had done.
We racked up a pathetic goose egg.
It was all for naught.
I didn't hear zilch about it.
|Synonyms||aught, cypher, goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zero, zilch, zip, zippo|
|Broader (hypernym)||relative quantity|
|Narrower (hyponym)||bugger all, Fanny Adams, fuck all, nihil, sweet Fanny Adams|
|4.||cipher (person) a person of no influence|
|Synonyms||cypher, nobody, nonentity|
|Broader (hypernym)||common man, common person, commoner|
|Narrower (hyponym)||jackanapes, lightweight, pip-squeak, small fry, squirt, whippersnapper|
|5.||cipher (communication) a secret method of writing|
|Synonyms||cryptograph, cypher, secret code|
English verb: cipher
|1.||cipher (communication) convert ordinary language into code|
|Samples||We should encode the message for security reasons.|
|Synonyms||code, cypher, encipher, encrypt, inscribe, write in code|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something|
|2.||cipher (cognition) make a mathematical calculation or computation|
|Synonyms||calculate, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something.|
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
|Narrower (hyponym)||add, add together, approximate, average, average out, budget, capitalise, capitalize, deduct, differentiate, divide, estimate, extract, extrapolate, factor, factor in, factor out, fraction, gauge, guess, integrate, interpolate, judge, miscalculate, misestimate, multiply, process, prorate, quantise, quantize, recalculate, resolve, solve, subtract, survey, take off|
|Verb group||work out|
|Domain category||math, mathematics, maths|