decode, decrypt, decipher(verb)
convert code into ordinary language
read with difficulty
"Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"
To decode or decrypt a code or cipher to plain text.
To read text that is almost illegible or obscure.
To find a solution to a problem.
to translate from secret characters or ciphers into intelligible terms; as, to decipher a letter written in secret characters
to find out, so as to be able to make known the meaning of; to make out or read, as words badly written or partly obliterated; to detect; to reveal; to unfold
to stamp; to detect; to discover
Origin: [Pref. de- + cipher. Formed in imitation of F. dchiffrer. See Cipher.]
Decipher is a speculative fiction novel by Stel Pavlou, published in 2001 in England by Simon and Schuster and 2002 in the United States by St. Martin's Press. It is published in many languages with some significant title changes. The Italian and Russian editions have the title Il codice di Atlantide, while the German edition is called Code Zero. The novel is about a fictional linguist, Richard Scott, and an assembled team of specialists who are in a race against time to crack a code found on ancient monuments around the world before an impending cataclysm predicted in mythology can strike. The story centers on the ancient city of Atlantis and features other mythical sites such as the Hall of Records. Decipher was longlisted in the UK for the W.H. Smith Best New Talent Award 2002.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
de-sī′fėr, v.t. to uncipher or read secret writing: to make out what is unintelligible or obscure: to reveal.—adj. Deci′pherable.—n. Deci′pherment. [L. de, neg. and cipher.]
The numerical value of decipher in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of decipher in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
To ask a bank to decipher between legitimate and illegitimate payments by a multinational organization who by its nature makes a lot of payments in different countries is going to be tough.
Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.
Part of their reluctance was in allowing patients to view their records, diagnostics and medical information that they may not initially know how to decipher, another was in giving patients the ability to contact their doctors directly.
Every organisation has solved the important problems including boat registration and installation of vessel monitoring and traceability systems, in order to decipher where the fish comes from, what it is, which waters it was caught from and what the vessel names are.
National Security Administration people that I've spoken to over the years have bemoaned the rising tide of difficult-to-decipher digital interchange, from voice, encrypted or not, at this point, the bad guys are outrunning the good because there are just too many channels to monitor.
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- разчитам, дешифрирамBulgarian
- entschlüsseln, entziffern, dechiffrierenGerman
- descifrar, decodificar, interpretar, resolverSpanish
- ratkaista, tavataFinnish
- quaenam in illisLatin
- dechiffréierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- расшифровать, расшифровыватьRussian
- dekryptera, tyda, avkoda, läsa, dechiffreraSwedish
- deşifre etmekTurkish
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