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"cipher" in British English

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ciphernoun

uk   /ˈsaɪ.fər/  us   /-fɚ/
  • cipher noun (SECRET LANGUAGE)

[C or U] (also cypher) a ​system of writing that ​prevents most ​people from ​understanding the ​message: The ​message was written in cipher.
Synonym
  • cipher noun (NUMBER)

[C] US old-fashioned a zero: If you have no ​children, ​enter a cipher in the ​space on the ​form.
(Definition of cipher from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cipher" in American English

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ciphernoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɑɪ·fər/
  • cipher noun [C] (SECRET WRITING)

a ​system of writing that most ​people cannot ​understand, so that the ​message is ​secret; a ​code: We ​spent a lot of ​timefiguring out the enemy’s cipher.
  • cipher noun [C] (NOTHING)

a zero, or a ​person or thing that has no ​value or ​importance: In the ​hands of a ​lesseractor, the ​role could have ​easily been a cipher.
(Definition of cipher from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cipher”
in Spanish código…
in Vietnamese mật mã…
in Malaysian tulisan rahsia…
in Thai รหัสลับ…
in French code…
in German die Chiffre…
in Chinese (Simplified) 密语, 密码, 暗号…
in Indonesian sandi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 密語, 密碼, 暗號…
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