cipher Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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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)

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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.

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 ​interimgovernment is a mere cipher for ​militaryrule.

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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