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tr.v. gar·bled, gar·bling, gar·bles
1. To mix up or distort to such an extent as to make misleading or incomprehensible: The report garbled all the historical facts.
2. To scramble (a signal or message), as by erroneous encoding or faulty transmission.
3. Archaic To sort out; cull.
The act or an instance of garbling: a garble of nonsense syllables.
[Middle English garbelen, to inspect and remove refuse from spices, from Anglo-Norman garbeler, to sift, and from Medieval Latin garbellāre, both from Arabic ġarbala, to select, from ġirbāl, sieve, from Late Latin crībellum, diminutive of Latin crībrum; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]
gar′bler (-blər) n.
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1. to jumble (a story, quotation, etc), esp unintentionally
2. to distort the meaning of (an account, text, etc), as by making misleading omissions; corrupt
3. rare to select the best part of
a. the act of garbling
b. garbled matter
[C15: from Old Italian garbellare to strain, sift, from Arabic gharbala, from ghirbāl sieve, from Late Latin crībellum small sieve, from crībrum sieve]
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v. -bled, -bling,
1. to confuse unintentionally or ignorantly; jumble: to garble instructions.
2. to make misleading selections from or arrangement of (fact, statements, writings, etc.); distort: to garble a quotation.n.
3. an act or instance of garbling.
[1400–50; late Middle English garbelen to remove refuse from spices < early Italian garbellare to sift < Arabic gharbala < Late Latin crībellāre, derivative of crībellum, diminutive of Latin crībrum sieve (see -elle)]
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garble- Originally meant "to sort out" or "to select in a biased way," and was applied to the selection and sorting out of individual passages from a person's writings or any separation of the good from the bad, of a selection of the worst and setting aside the better; it evolved to mean "to jumble, scramble."
See also related terms for select.
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An error in transmission, reception, encryption, or decryption that changes the text of a message or any portion thereof in such a manner that it is incorrect or undecryptable.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Past participle: garbled
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|Verb||1.||garble - make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story|
murder, mutilate, mangle - alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered the French language"
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garble[ˈgɑːbl] vt (story, facts) → ingarbugliare
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