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gar·ble

 (gär′bəl)
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.
n.
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.

garble

(ˈɡɑːbəl)
vb (tr)
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
n
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]
ˈgarbler n

gar•ble

(ˈgɑr bəl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.t.
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)]
gar′bler, n.

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.

garble

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.

garble


Past participle: garbled
Gerund: garbling

Imperative
garble
garble
Present
I garble
you garble
he/she/it garbles
we garble
you garble
they garble
Preterite
I garbled
you garbled
he/she/it garbled
we garbled
you garbled
they garbled
Present Continuous
I am garbling
you are garbling
he/she/it is garbling
we are garbling
you are garbling
they are garbling
Present Perfect
I have garbled
you have garbled
he/she/it has garbled
we have garbled
you have garbled
they have garbled
Past Continuous
I was garbling
you were garbling
he/she/it was garbling
we were garbling
you were garbling
they were garbling
Past Perfect
I had garbled
you had garbled
he/she/it had garbled
we had garbled
you had garbled
they had garbled
Future
I will garble
you will garble
he/she/it will garble
we will garble
you will garble
they will garble
Future Perfect
I will have garbled
you will have garbled
he/she/it will have garbled
we will have garbled
you will have garbled
they will have garbled
Future Continuous
I will be garbling
you will be garbling
he/she/it will be garbling
we will be garbling
you will be garbling
they will be garbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been garbling
you have been garbling
he/she/it has been garbling
we have been garbling
you have been garbling
they have been garbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been garbling
you will have been garbling
he/she/it will have been garbling
we will have been garbling
you will have been garbling
they will have been garbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been garbling
you had been garbling
he/she/it had been garbling
we had been garbling
you had been garbling
they had been garbling
Conditional
I would garble
you would garble
he/she/it would garble
we would garble
you would garble
they would garble
Past Conditional
I would have garbled
you would have garbled
he/she/it would have garbled
we would have garbled
you would have garbled
they would have garbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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"
misrepresent, belie - represent falsely; "This statement misrepresents my intentions"
Translations

garble

[ˈgɑːbl] VT
1. [+ message, report] → confundir
2. [+ text] → mutilar, falsear (por selección)

garble

vt (deliberately) messageunverständlich machen; to garble one’s wordssich beim Sprechen überschlagen

garble

[ˈgɑːbl] vt (story, facts) → ingarbugliare
References in classic literature ?
Voluptuousness, thirst of power, and selfishness,--the three forces in humanity which Christianity has done most to garble and besmirch,-- Nietzsche endeavours to reinstate in their former places of honour.
Garble LLC was co-founded in 2012 by inventor-entrepreneurs Kevin Bartczak and Andy Biro with the mission of introducing truly effective consumer-level protection against RFID skimming.
However, when asked to type a simple text message, he not only produced garble, but he was unable to see it as such.