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cipher

noun 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.
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cipher noun (PERSON)

[C] formal disapproving a person or group of people without power, but used by others for their own purposes, or someone who is not important: The interim government is a mere cipher for military rule.

cipher noun (NUMBER)

[C] US old-fashioned a zero: If you have no children, enter a cipher in the space on the form.
Translations of “cipher”
in Vietnamese mật mã…
in Spanish código…
in Thai รหัสลับ…
in Malaysian tulisan rahsia…
in French code…
in German die Chiffre…
in Chinese (Traditional) 密語, 密碼, 暗號…
in Indonesian sandi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 密语, 密码, 暗号…
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