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n. & v.
Variant of cipher.
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n, vb
a variant spelling of cipher
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(ˈsaɪ fər)

1. zero.
2. any of the Arabic numerals or figures.
3. a person or thing of no value or importance; nonentity.
a. a secret method of writing, as by code.
b. writing done by such a method; a coded message.
5. the key to a secret method of writing.
6. a combination of letters, as the initials of a name; monogram.
7. to use figures or numerals arithmetically.
8. to write in or as in cipher.
9. to calculate numerically; figure.
10. to convert into cipher; encipher.
Also, esp. Brit., cypher.
[1350–1400; Middle English siphre < Medieval Latin ciphra < Arabic ṣifr empty, zero; translation of Skt śūnyā empty]
ci′pher•a•ble, adj.
ci′pher•er, n.
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Past participle: cyphered
Gerund: cyphering

I cypher
you cypher
he/she/it cyphers
we cypher
you cypher
they cypher
I cyphered
you cyphered
he/she/it cyphered
we cyphered
you cyphered
they cyphered
Present Continuous
I am cyphering
you are cyphering
he/she/it is cyphering
we are cyphering
you are cyphering
they are cyphering
Present Perfect
I have cyphered
you have cyphered
he/she/it has cyphered
we have cyphered
you have cyphered
they have cyphered
Past Continuous
I was cyphering
you were cyphering
he/she/it was cyphering
we were cyphering
you were cyphering
they were cyphering
Past Perfect
I had cyphered
you had cyphered
he/she/it had cyphered
we had cyphered
you had cyphered
they had cyphered
I will cypher
you will cypher
he/she/it will cypher
we will cypher
you will cypher
they will cypher
Future Perfect
I will have cyphered
you will have cyphered
he/she/it will have cyphered
we will have cyphered
you will have cyphered
they will have cyphered
Future Continuous
I will be cyphering
you will be cyphering
he/she/it will be cyphering
we will be cyphering
you will be cyphering
they will be cyphering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cyphering
you have been cyphering
he/she/it has been cyphering
we have been cyphering
you have been cyphering
they have been cyphering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cyphering
you will have been cyphering
he/she/it will have been cyphering
we will have been cyphering
you will have been cyphering
they will have been cyphering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cyphering
you had been cyphering
he/she/it had been cyphering
we had been cyphering
you had been cyphering
they had been cyphering
I would cypher
you would cypher
he/she/it would cypher
we would cypher
you would cypher
they would cypher
Past Conditional
I would have cyphered
you would have cyphered
he/she/it would have cyphered
we would have cyphered
you would have cyphered
they would have cyphered
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cypher - a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same numbercypher - a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
2.cypher - a quantity of no importancecypher - 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"
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
nihil - (Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ); "nihil habet"
Fanny Adams, sweet Fanny Adams - little or nothing at all; "I asked for a raise and they gave me bugger-all"; "I know sweet Fanny Adams about surgery"
3.cypher - a person of no influence
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title
pip-squeak, small fry, squirt - someone who is small and insignificant
jackanapes, whippersnapper, lightweight - someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous
4.cypher - a secret method of writingcypher - a secret method of writing    
code - a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy
5.cypher - a message written in a secret codecypher - a message written in a secret code  
message - a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled; "he sent a three-word message"
Verb1.cypher - convert ordinary language into code; "We should encode the message for security reasons"
encode - convert information into code; "encode pictures digitally"
2.cypher - make a mathematical calculation or computation
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
reason - think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
quantise, quantize - apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor; "Quantize gravity"
work out - be calculated; "The fees work out to less than $1,000"
extract - calculate the root of a number
process - perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information; "The results of the elections were still being processed when he gave his acceptance speech"
prorate - divide or assess proportionally; "The rent was prorated for the rest of the month"
miscalculate, misestimate - calculate incorrectly; "I miscalculated the number of guests at the wedding"
recalculate - calculate anew; "The costs had to be recalculated"
average out, average - compute the average of
factor, factor in, factor out - resolve into factors; "a quantum computer can factor the number 15"
add together, add - make an addition by combining numbers; "Add 27 and 49, please!"
deduct, subtract, take off - make a subtraction; "subtract this amount from my paycheck"
multiply - combine by multiplication; "multiply 10 by 15"
fraction, divide - perform a division; "Can you divide 49 by seven?"
interpolate, extrapolate - estimate the value of
differentiate - calculate a derivative; take the derivative
integrate - calculate the integral of; calculate by integration
survey - plot a map of (land)
estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judge - judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
budget - make a budget
capitalise, capitalize - compute the present value of a business or an income
solve, resolve - find the solution; "solve an equation"; "solve for x"
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References in classic literature ?
Three years ago Kraft, Bill Judkins (a poet), and I took our meals at Cypher's, on Eighth Avenue.
Cypher's store of eatables she poured out upon us with royal indifference to price and quantity, as from a cornucopia that knew no exhaustion.
One of us compared the harmony existing between a Haydn symphony and pistache ice cream to the exquisite congruity between Milly and Cypher's.
"There is a certain fate hanging over Milly," said Kraft, "and if it overtakes her she is lost to Cypher's and to us."
"One day," concluded Kraft, solemnly, "there will come to Cypher's for a plate of beans a millionaire lumberman from Wisconsin, and he will marry Milly."
In Cypher's she belonged--in the bacon smoke, the cabbage perfume, the grand, Wagnerian chorus of hurled ironstone china and rattling casters.
And back to Cypher's went we three, and, finding customers scarce, we joined hands and did an Indian dance with Milly in the centre.
And about that time a little luck descended upon us three, and we were enabled to buy costlier and less wholesome food than Cypher's.
He was as glad to have them as she was, he said, but he thought they should have asked his consent as well as hers, instead of treating him as a cypher [zero] in his own house.
"I don't think he is a cypher," Tootles cried instantly.
It turned out that not one of them thought him a cypher; and he was absurdly gratified, and said he would find space for them all in the drawing-room if they fitted in.
These are hieroglyphical; that is, if you call those mysterious cyphers on the walls of pyramids hieroglyphics, then that is the proper word to use in the present connexion.