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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 time figuring 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 lesser actor, the role could have easily been a cipher.
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"cipher" in British English

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ciphernoun

uk   /ˈsaɪ.fər/  us   /ˈsaɪ.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 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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