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English noun: cipher

1. cipher (communication) a message written in a secret code


Synonymscypher


Broader (hypernym)message

2. cipher (quantity) a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number


Synonyms0, cypher, nought, zero


Broader (hypernym)digit, figure

3. cipher (quantity) a quantity of no importance


SamplesIt 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.


Synonymsaught, 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


Synonymscypher, 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


Synonymscryptograph, cypher, secret code


Broader (hypernym)code


English verb: cipher

1. cipher (communication) convert ordinary language into code


SamplesWe should encode the message for security reasons.


Synonymscode, cypher, encipher, encrypt, inscribe, write in code


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)encode

2. cipher (cognition) make a mathematical calculation or computation


Synonymscalculate, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)reason


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 groupwork out


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths









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