Definition of cipher:
- A character in general, as a figure or letter.
- A character [ 0] which, standing by itself, expresses nothing, but when placed at the right hand of a whole number, increases its value tenfold.
- A combination or interweaving of letters, as the initials of a name; a device; a monogram; as, a painter's cipher, an engraver's cipher, etc. The cut represents the initials N. W.
- A private alphabet, system of characters, or other mode of writing, contrived for the safe transmission of secrets; also, a writing in such characters.
- Of the nature of a cipher; of no weight or influence.
- One who, or that which, has no weight or influence.
- To decipher.
- To designate by characters.
- To get by ciphering; as, to cipher out the answer.
- To use figures in a mathematical process; to do sums in arithmetic.
- To write in occult characters.
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- unmeaningness (part of speech: noun)
- number (part of speech: noun)
- unsubstantiality (part of speech: noun)
- zero (part of speech: noun)
- nonexistence (part of speech: noun)
- secret (part of speech: noun)
- letter (part of speech: noun)
- "Not Pretty, But Precious", John Hay, et al..
He selected for this commission Don Rodrigo de Castro, to whom were remitted on the 24th November, 1564, the instructions decreed by the council, and others from the king, which were private, and without a date; an alphabet of the cipher, in which he was to correspond with the king, and letters of credit to the Pope, and many cardinals.- "The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII.", Juan Antonio Llorente.
It pleased the crafty Bishop to know that his great wealth made him all- powerful in England; for the English Protector, the Duke of Gloucester, was a mere cipher compared to Winchester; and now that his other nephew, the Protector of France, was in distress, he could dictate his own terms to both.- "Joan of Arc", Ronald Sutherland Gower.