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scram·ble

 (skrăm′bəl)
v. scram·bled, scram·bling, scram·bles
v.intr.
1. To move or climb hurriedly, especially on the hands and knees.
2. To struggle or contend frantically in order to get something: scrambled for the best seats.
3. To take off with all possible haste, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
4. 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.
5. Linguistics To move to another position in a syntactic structure, as for emphasis. Used of phrases or other syntactic constituents.
v.tr.
1. To mix or throw together haphazardly.
2. To gather together in a hurried or disorderly fashion.
3. To cook (beaten eggs) until firm but with a soft consistency.
4. Electronics To distort or garble (a signal) so as to render it unintelligible without a special receiver.
5. To cause (aircraft) to take off as fast as possible, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
n.
1. The act or an instance of scrambling.
2. An arduous hike or climb over rough terrain.
3. A struggle for something: a scramble for new territory.
4. Sports See motocross.
5. A swift takeoff of military aircraft in response to an alert or attack.

[Perhaps blend of obsolete scamble, to struggle for, and dialectal cramble, to crawl.]

scramble

(ˈskræmbəl)
vb
1. (intr) to climb or crawl, esp by using the hands to aid movement
2. (intr) to proceed hurriedly or in a disorderly fashion
3. (often foll by: for) to compete with others, esp in a disordered manner: to scramble for a prize.
4. (foll by: through) to deal with hurriedly and unsystematically
5. (tr) to throw together in a haphazard manner; jumble
6. (tr) to collect in a hurried or disorganized manner
7. (Cookery) (tr) to cook (eggs that have been whisked up with milk and seasoning) in a pan containing a little melted butter
8. (Military) military to order (a crew or aircraft) to take off immediately or (of a crew or aircraft) to take off immediately
9. (Telecommunications) (tr) to render (speech) unintelligible during transmission by means of an electronic scrambler
n
10. the act of scrambling
11. a climb over rocks that involves the use of the hands but not ropes, etc
12. a disorderly struggle, esp to gain possession
13. (Military) military an immediate preparation for action, as of crew, aircraft, etc
14. (Automotive Engineering) Brit a motorcycle rally in which competitors race across rough open ground
[C16: blend of scrabble and ramp]

scram•ble

(ˈskræm bəl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i.
1. to climb or move quickly using one's hands and feet, as down a rough incline.
2. to compete or struggle with others for possession or gain.
3. to move hastily and with urgency.
4. (of pilots or aircraft) to take off quickly to intercept enemy planes.
v.t.
5. to collect or organize (things) in a hurried or disorderly manner.
6. to mix together confusedly.
7. to cause to move hastily.
8. to fry (eggs) while constantly stirring together whites and yolks.
9. to make (a radio or telephonic message) incomprehensible to interceptors by systematically changing the transmission frequencies.
10. to mix the elements of (a TV signal) so that only subscribers with a decoding box can receive the signal.
11. to cause (an intercepting aircraft or pilot) to take off as quickly as possible.
n.
12. a quick climb or progression over rough, irregular ground.
13. a struggle for possession or gain.
14. any disorderly or hasty struggle.
15. a quick emergency takeoff of an intercepting aircraft.
[1580–90; b. dial. scamble to stumble along, and scrabble]

scramble

An order directing takeoff of aircraft as quickly as possible, usually followed by mission instructions.

Scramble

 a confused or disorderly event.
Examples: scramble of the world, 1839; a scramble of Tories, 1839; motorcycle scramble (race meeting).

scramble


Past participle: scrambled
Gerund: scrambling

Imperative
scramble
scramble
Present
I scramble
you scramble
he/she/it scrambles
we scramble
you scramble
they scramble
Preterite
I scrambled
you scrambled
he/she/it scrambled
we scrambled
you scrambled
they scrambled
Present Continuous
I am scrambling
you are scrambling
he/she/it is scrambling
we are scrambling
you are scrambling
they are scrambling
Present Perfect
I have scrambled
you have scrambled
he/she/it has scrambled
we have scrambled
you have scrambled
they have scrambled
Past Continuous
I was scrambling
you were scrambling
he/she/it was scrambling
we were scrambling
you were scrambling
they were scrambling
Past Perfect
I had scrambled
you had scrambled
he/she/it had scrambled
we had scrambled
you had scrambled
they had scrambled
Future
I will scramble
you will scramble
he/she/it will scramble
we will scramble
you will scramble
they will scramble
Future Perfect
I will have scrambled
you will have scrambled
he/she/it will have scrambled
we will have scrambled
you will have scrambled
they will have scrambled
Future Continuous
I will be scrambling
you will be scrambling
he/she/it will be scrambling
we will be scrambling
you will be scrambling
they will be scrambling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scrambling
you have been scrambling
he/she/it has been scrambling
we have been scrambling
you have been scrambling
they have been scrambling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scrambling
you will have been scrambling
he/she/it will have been scrambling
we will have been scrambling
you will have been scrambling
they will have been scrambling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scrambling
you had been scrambling
he/she/it had been scrambling
we had been scrambling
you had been scrambling
they had been scrambling
Conditional
I would scramble
you would scramble
he/she/it would scramble
we would scramble
you would scramble
they would scramble
Past Conditional
I would have scrambled
you would have scrambled
he/she/it would have scrambled
we would have scrambled
you would have scrambled
they would have scrambled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scramble - an unceremonious and disorganized strugglescramble - an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
struggle, battle - an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
2.scramble - rushing about hastily in an undignified wayscramble - rushing about hastily in an undignified way
rush, rushing, haste, hurry - the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; "in his haste to leave he forgot his book"
Verb1.scramble - to move hurriedlyscramble - to move hurriedly; "The friend scrambled after them"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
2.scramble - climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
climb - move with difficulty, by grasping
3.scramble - bring into random order
disarray, disorder - bring disorder to
tumble - throw together in a confused mass; "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"
4.scramble - stir vigorouslyscramble - stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
whisk, whip - whip with or as if with a wire whisk; "whisk the eggs"
cream - make creamy by beating; "Cream the butter"
raise up, commove, disturb, stir up, vex, shake up, agitate - change the arrangement or position of
5.scramble - make unintelligible; "scramble the message so that nobody can understand it"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
unscramble - make intelligible; "Can you unscramble the message?"

scramble

verb
1. struggle, climb, clamber, push, crawl, swarm, scrabble, move with difficulty He scrambled up a steep bank.
2. strive, rush, contend, vie, run, push, hasten, jostle, jockey for position, make haste More than a million fans are expected to scramble for tickets.
3. jumble, mix up, muddle, shuffle, entangle, disarrange The latest machines scramble the messages.
noun
1. clamber, ascent the scramble to the top of the cliffs
2. race, competition, struggle, rush, confusion, tussle, hustle, scuffle, free-for-all (informal), commotion, scrimmage, melee or mêlée the scramble for jobs

scramble

verb
1. To move or climb hurriedly, especially on all fours:
2. To put into total disorder:
Slang: snafu.
3. To mix together so as to change the order of arrangement:
Games: riffle.
noun
Translations
تَدافُع، إزْدِحاميَتَحَرَّك بِسُرْعَهيَزْحَفُ على رِجْلَيْه وذِراعَيْهِيُشَوِّهيَنْدَفِع لِيَحْصَل
bojhonlézt po čtyřechprát sepřekotně lézt
fare afstedforvrængekæmpekampklatre
négykézláb másziktülekedéstülekedik
barátta um e-îberjast/keppast um e-îbröltaklöngrastrugla
kiaušinienėropštimasisropštistrukdytuvas
aizšifrētcīniņšcīnītieskustēties steidzīgiplūkšanās
škriabať sautajiť kódovaním
plezati
çabalamakçekişmefırlayıp ...-makitişip kakışmakarıştırmak

scramble

[ˈskræmbl]
A. VI
1. to scramble up/downsubir gateando/bajar con dificultad
to scramble outsalir con dificultad
we scrambled through the hedgenos abrimos paso con dificultad a través del seto
to scramble for [+ coins, seats] → luchar entre sí por, pelearse por (fig) [+ jobs] → pelearse por
2. (Sport) to go scramblinghacer motocross
B. VT
1. (Culin) → revolver
scrambled eggshuevos mpl revueltos
2. (Telec) [+ message] → cifrar (TV) → codificar
3. [+ aircraft] → hacer despegar con urgencia (por alarma)
C. N
1. (= rush) → lucha f, pelea f (for por)
2. (Sport) (= motorcycle meeting) → carrera f de motocross
3. (= climb) → subida f; (= outing) → excursión f de montaña (por terreno escabroso etc)

scramble

[ˈskræmbəl]
n
(= rush) → bousculade f
There was a mad scramble for the back seat → Il y eut une folle bousculade pour la place du fond.
(= competition) → lutte f
in their scramble for top spot in the charts → dans leur lutte pour la première place au hit-parade
the scramble for jobs
BUT la ruée sur les emplois.
(= climb) → escalade f
a short scramble to the top of the hill → une brève escalade jusqu'au sommet de la colline
(= motorcycle race) → enduro m
vi
(= clamber) → avancer péniblement
Tourists were scrambling over the rocks → Les touristes avançaient péniblement dans les rochers.
He scrambled up a steep bank
BUT Il gravit péniblement un talus escarpé.
He scrambled to his feet
BUT Il se hissa péniblement sur ses pieds.
(= rush) to scramble for [+ door, exit] → se ruer vers
I scrambled for the door → Je me suis rué vers la porte.
(= compete) to scramble for [+ tickets, shares, prize] → s'arracher
More than three million fans are expected to scramble for tickets → On s'attend à ce que plus de trois millions de fans s'arrachent les billets.
(SPORT) to go scrambling → faire du tout-terrain
[plane, helicopter, pilot] → décoller sur alerte
vt
(on radio, telephone) [+ signal, message] → brouiller
[+ eggs] → brouillerscrambled eggs nplœufs mpl brouillés

scramble

n
(= climb)Kletterei f; we went for a scramble in the hillswir sind in den Bergen herumgeklettert
(= mad dash)Gerangel nt, → Gedrängel nt; the scramble for the better-paid jobsdie Jagd nach den besser bezahlten Stellen
(Motor sport) → Querfeldeinrennen nt
vt
pieces, letters(untereinander) mischen; this will scramble your brain(s)das verwirrt dein armes Hirn
(Telec) messagechiffrieren, verschlüsseln; linean das Verschlüsselungsgerät anschließen
(Mil) helicopter, crewschnell losschicken
vi
(= climb)klettern; to scramble outherausklettern; he scrambled to his feeter rappelte sich auf (inf); to scramble through a hedgedurch eine Hecke kriechen or krabbeln (inf); to scramble up somethingauf etw (acc)hinaufklettern or hinaufkraxeln (inf)
(= struggle) to scramble for somethingsich um etw balgen or raufen; for ball etcum etw kämpfen; for bargains, job, good sitesich um etw drängeln; to scramble to get somethingsich balgen or raufen, um etw zu bekommen; ball etcdarum kämpfen, etw zu bekommen; bargains, job, good sitesich drängeln, um etw zu bekommen
(Aviat) → einen Soforteinsatz fliegen; scramble!höchste Alarmstufe

scramble

[ˈskræmbl]
1. vi
a. to scramble down/alongscendere/avanzare a fatica
to scramble out → uscire in fretta
to scramble for (coins, seats, job) → azzuffarsi per prendere
he scrambled up (the hill) → si è inerpicato su (per la collina)
b. (Sport) to go scramblingfare il motocross
2. vt
a. (Culin) (eggs) → strapazzare
b. (Telec) (message) → disturbare con interferenze
3. n
a. (rush) → corsa
b. (Sport) (motorcycle meeting) → gara di motocross

scramble

(ˈskrӕmbl) verb
1. to crawl or climb quickly, using arms and legs. They scrambled up the slope; He scrambled over the rocks.
2. to move hastily. He scrambled to his feet.
3. (with for) to rush, or struggle with others, to get. The boys scrambled for the ball.
4. to distort (a telephone message etc) so that it can only be received and understood with a special receiver.
noun
(sometimes with for) an act of scrambling; a rush or struggle. There was a scramble for the best bargains.
ˈscrambler noun
a device for scrambling telephone messages.
scrambled egg(s)
beaten eggs cooked with milk and butter until thick.
References in classic literature ?
I made a sweeping blow in the dark at them with the levers, and began to scramble into the saddle of the machine.
At one place, they even stripped off their coats and hung them upon the bushes, and thus lightly clad, proceeded to scramble over these eternal snows.
Then it did seem as if Ben really would scramble down on her side of the wall, he was so outraged.
There was a brief fierce scramble, the rugs were tossed on the ground, Dickon held Colin's arm, the thin legs were out, the thin feet were on the grass.
The lane was a very cloistral one, with a ribbon of gravelly road, bordered on each side with a rich margin of turf and a scramble of blackberry bushes, green turf banks and dwarf oak-trees making a rich and plenteous shade.
In a very few moments it was necessary for Elaine to scramble to her feet, pick up her cloth of gold coverlet and pall of blackest samite and gaze blankly at a big crack in the bottom of her barge through which the water was literally pouring.
Here Alice wound two or three turns of the worsted round the kitten's neck, just to see how it would look: this led to a scramble, in which the ball rolled down upon the floor, and yards and yards of it got unwound again.
The emphatic horse, cut short by the whip in a most decided negative, made a decided scramble for it, and the three other horses followed suit.
A boat was sent off to me, and in answer to the questions of the sailors as to how I came to be in such a plight, I replied that I had been shipwrecked two days before, but had managed to scramble ashore with the bales which I pointed out to them.
In the mad scramble he was aware that the color sergeant flinched suddenly, as if struck by a bludgeon.
We had approached within a mile and a half perhaps of this foot of the bay, when some of the islanders, who by this time had managed to scramble aboard of us at the risk of swamping their canoes, directed our attention to a singular commotion in the water ahead of the vessel.
The first scramble addressed two Tu-22s flying from mainland Russia towards Denmark, and two Su-27s that flew from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad escorting them.