One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A device for scrambling a broadcast transmission or telephone conversation.
- ‘The antiterrorist operation points to the need of using, on the tactical level, modern compact communication facilities with in-built scramblers.’
- ‘Right now, he was contacting them on the special digital phone with a voice scrambler.’
- ‘Midian's TVS - 2 Series of scramblers utilize the frequency hopping type of rolling code encryption for higher security.’
- ‘Telephone scramblers, then in their infancy, were available to staff at senior headquarters.’
- ‘Unless you want to fork out £50 for a phone scrambler and subsequently draw attention to yourself, do not call directly from work.’
- ‘You just know someone is now working on a device to block the scrambler, while some visionary is starting on a device to scramble the blocker that blocks the scrambler.’
- ‘The arms manufacturer has developed scramblers which throw missile-guidance systems off course.’
- ‘Kilkenny noticed the disappointment anyway, despite the scrambler's odd characteristic of rendering voices emotionless during the scrambling and unscrambling process.’
- ‘I flipped open a pouch on my thigh and took out an electrical scrambler, made specifically for rendering anything electronic useless.’
- ‘Furthermore, these devices should be additionally provided with scramblers to protect transmitted information.’
2A person who walks over steep, mountainous terrain as a pastime.
- ‘Tidal conditions, unlawful activity by scramblers and even training sessions conducted by members of sporting clubs are contributing to the erosion at one section in particular.’
- ‘These guys who were out there doing really serious ski descents were also world-class mountaineers, while I was just a hiker scrambler.’
- ‘Carn Mor Dearg lies on the eastern arm of the horseshoe ridge that includes Ben Nevis and is a favourite with scramblers who climb ‘The Ben’.’
- 2.1British A motorcycle for racing over rough and hilly ground.
- ‘The burglars also took a child's motorbike scrambler, a khaki coloured container with 25 litres of red diesel and numerous bottles of gin, vodka and liqueurs.’
- ‘Despite several warnings in the Advertiser, yobs are still using estates and parks as racetracks for mini motos, go-peds and scramblers.’
- ‘Miniature motorbikes are mainly being raced around estates, while scramblers and scooters are being ridden in areas such as the Seven Fields Nature Reserve.’
- ‘Health officials though pointed at the lack of exercise as the main cause of the problem, claiming the alarming usage of quads, mopeds and scramblers is directly proportional to the high level of porkers in these areas.’
3A plant with long slender stems supported by other plants.
- ‘Then there's the difference between ramblers, scramblers and danglers.’
A quarterback noted for scrambling.
- ‘‘The No.1 responsibility of a pro quarterback is to protect himself and make sure he can play,’ the former Redskins quarterback and scrambler said.’
- ‘The Patriots know he isn't a scrambler and won't worry about him taking off, so Manning must make them pay by running for at least three first downs.’
- ‘Jaworski says McNabb diminishes the impact of his inaccuracy by being an elite scrambler and rarely making stupid throws, and that was true even during his struggles.’
- ‘Hasselbeck isn't a great scrambler, but he can move in the pocket and throw on the run with accuracy.’
- ‘He's not a scrambler, but one of his best attributes is his ability to make plays on the run.’
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