- Scramble is defined as to mix, stir or throw together in a random way.
- An example of to scramble is mixing letters together for a word puzzle.
- An example of to scramble is whipping eggs and milk for a breakfast egg dish.
- Scramble means to climb, crawl, struggle or go after something of value.
An example of to scramble is kids getting on the ground and grabbing candy from a piñata.
intransitive verbscrambled, scrambling
- to climb, crawl, or clamber hurriedly
- to scuffle or struggle for something, as for coins scattered on the ground
- to struggle or rush pell-mell, as to get something highly prized: to scramble for political office
- to get military aircraft into the air quickly
- ☆ Football to maneuver about in the backfield while seeking an open receiver to whom to pass the ball; also, to run with the ball if unable to find a receiver
Origin of scramble; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps scamper + scrabble
- to throw together haphazardly; mix in a confused way; jumble
- Electronics to modify (transmitted auditory or visual signals) so as to make unintelligible without special receiving equipment
- to gather haphazardly; collect without method: often with up
- ☆ to cook (eggs) while stirring the mixed whites and yolks
- to order or get (military aircraft) into the air quickly
- a hard, hurried climb or advance, as over rough, difficult ground
- a disorderly struggle or rush, as for something prized
- a disorderly heap; jumble
- a quick takeoff of military aircraft
verbscram·bled, scram·bling, scram·bles
- To move or climb hurriedly, especially on the hands and knees.
- To struggle or contend frantically in order to get something: scrambled for the best seats.
- To take off with all possible haste, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
- Football a. To run around with the ball behind the line of scrimmage in order to avoid being tackled while searching for an open receiver.b. To run forward with the ball when unable to complete an intended pass play. Used of a quarterback.
- Linguistics To move to another position in a syntactic structure, as for emphasis. Used of phrases or other syntactic constituents.
- To mix or throw together haphazardly.
- To gather together in a hurried or disorderly fashion.
- To cook (beaten eggs) until firm but with a soft consistency.
- Electronics To distort or garble (a signal) so as to render it unintelligible without a special receiver.
- To cause (aircraft) to take off as fast as possible, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
- The act or an instance of scrambling.
- An arduous hike or climb over rough terrain.
- A struggle for something: a scramble for new territory.
- Sports See motocross.
- A swift takeoff of military aircraft in response to an alert or attack.
Origin of scramblePerhaps blend of obsolete scamble, to struggle for, and dialectal cramble, to crawl.
- (UK) shouted when something desirable is thrown into a group of people who individually want that item.
(third-person singular simple present scrambles, present participle scrambling, simple past and past participle scrambled)
- (intransitive) To move hurriedly to a location, especially by using all limbs against a surface.
- (intransitive) To proceed to a location or an objective in a disorderly manner.
- (of food ingredients, usually including egg) To thoroughly combine and cook as a loose mass.
- I scrambled some eggs with spinach and cheese.
- To process (telecommunication signals) to make them unintelligible to an unauthorized listener.
- (military) To quickly enter (vehicles, usually aircraft) and proceed to a destination in response to an alert, usually to intercept an attacking enemy.
- (intransitive, sports) To partake in motocross.
- (intransitive) To ascend rocky terrain as a leisure activity.
- To gather or collect by scrambling.
- to scramble up wealth
- To struggle eagerly with others for something thrown upon the ground; to go down upon all fours to seize something; to catch rudely at what is desired.
Origin uncertain. Compare earlier dialectal scramb (“pull with hands").
scramble - Computer Definition
To make data indecipherable. The term stems from the early days of cryptography, which camouflaged analog transmissions by combining them with secret frequency patterns. Restoring the original frequencies is called "descrambling." Today, cryptography is mostly digital, and the 0 and 1 bits of digital data are rearranged into a different sequence. See cryptography.