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English noun: cypher

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

Synonyms0, cipher, nought, zero

Broader (hypernym)digit, figure

2. cypher (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, cipher, 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

3. cypher (person) a person of no influence

Synonymscipher, nobody, nonentity

Broader (hypernym)common man, common person, commoner

Narrower (hyponym)jackanapes, lightweight, pip-squeak, small fry, squirt, whippersnapper

4. cypher (communication) a secret method of writing

Synonymscipher, cryptograph, secret code

Broader (hypernym)code

5. cypher (communication) a message written in a secret code


Broader (hypernym)message

English verb: cypher

1. cypher (communication) convert ordinary language into code

SamplesWe should encode the message for security reasons.

Synonymscipher, code, encipher, encrypt, inscribe, write in code

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)encode

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

Synonymscalculate, cipher, compute, 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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