cipher
1. a message written in a secret code (Freq. 1) • Syn: cypher • Derivationally related forms: cypher (for: cypher) • Hypernyms: message 2. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number • Syn: zero, 0, nought, cypher • Derivationally related forms: cypher (for: cypher), zero (for: zero) • Hypernyms: digit, figure 3. a quantity of no importance  it looked like nothing I had ever seen before  reduced to nil all the work we had done  we racked up a pathetic goose egg  it was all for naught  I didn't hear zilch about it • Syn: nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip, zippo • Derivationally related forms: zero (for: zero) • Hypernyms: relative quantity • Hyponyms: nihil, bugger all, fuck all, Fanny Adams, sweet Fanny Adams 4. a person of no influence • Syn: cypher, nobody, nonentity • Hypernyms: commoner, common man, common person • Hyponyms: pipsqueak, squirt, small fry, whippersnapper, jackanapes, lightweight 5. a secret method of writing • Syn: cypher, cryptograph, secret code • Derivationally related forms: cypher (for: cypher) • Hypernyms: code
1. convert ordinary language into code (Freq. 1)  We should encode the message for security reasons • Syn: code, encipher, cypher, encrypt, inscribe, write in code • Derivationally related forms: encryption (for: encrypt), cypher (for: cypher), code (for: code), coder (for: code), coding (for: code) • Hypernyms: encode • Verb Frames:  Somebody s something 2. make a mathematical calculation or computation • Syn: calculate, cypher, compute, work out, reckon, figure • See Also: figure out (for: figure), reckon (for: reckon) • Derivationally related forms: figure (for: figure), figurer (for: figure), figuring (for: figure), reckoner (for: reckon), reckoning (for: reckon), computation (for: compute), computer (for: compute), cypher (for: cypher), calculable (for: calculate), calculus (for: calculate), calculation (for: calculate), calculator (for: calculate) • Topics: mathematics, math, maths • Hypernyms: reason • Hyponyms: quantize, quantise, extract, process, prorate, miscalculate, misestimate, recalculate, average, average out, factor, factor in, factor out, add, add together, subtract, deduct, take off, multiply, divide, fraction, interpolate, extrapolate, differentiate, integrate, survey, estimate, gauge, approximate, approximate, judge, budget, capitalize, capitalise, resolve, solve • Verb Group: work out • Verb Frames:  Somebody s something  Somebody s that CLAUSE

