AskDefine | Define scramble

Dictionary Definition



1 an unceremonious and disorganized struggle [syn: scuffle]
2 rushing about hastily in an undignified way [syn: scamper, scurry]


1 to move hurriedly; "The friend scrambled after them"
2 climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling [syn: clamber, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputter]
3 bring into random order [syn: jumble, throw together]
4 stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream" [syn: beat]
5 make unintelligible; "scramble the message so that nobody can understand it" [ant: unscramble]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To move hurriedly to a location using all limbs against a surface.
  2. To proceed to a location or an objective in a disorderly manner.
  3. To mix food ingredients in a mix to be cooked into a loose mass.
  4. To process telecommunication signals to make them unintelligible to an unauthorized listener.
  5. To quickly enter vehicles, usually aircraft, and proceed to a destination in response to an alert, usually to intercept an attacking enemy.
  6. To partake in motocross
  7. To ascend rocky terrain as a leisure activity


to move hurriedly to a location using all limbs against a surface
to proceed to a location or an objective in a disorderly manner
to mix food ingredients in a mix to be cooked into a loose mass
to process telecommunication signals to make them unintelligable to an unauthorized listener
to quickly enter vehicles and proceed to destination
to partake in motocross
To ascend rocky terrain as a leisure activity

Derived terms


  1. A rush or hurry
  2. An emergency defensive air force mission to intercept attacking enemy aircraft.
  3. A motocross race



A rush or hurry
An emergency defensive air force mission
A motocross race


Extensive Definition

Scramble may refer to:
  • Scramble, a team play scoring system in golf
  • Scramble (arcade game), a 1981 horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up, arcade game
  • Pedestrian scramble, a pedestrian crossing system that stops all traffic and allows pedestrians to cross intersections
  • Scrambling (linguistics), a term for free variation of word order, often seen in languages in which word order is not fixed
  • Scrambler, in telecommunications, a device that encodes a message at the transmitter to make the message unintelligible, for instance a Content Scramble System
  • Scrambler (randomizer), in telecommunications, a device that manipulates a data stream before transmitting to make the message more amenable for transmission
  • Scrambled eggs, a dish made from the lightly beaten combined egg whites and yolks
  • Scrambling, a method of ascending rocky faces and ridges
  • Motorcycle scrambling or Motocross, a form of motorcycle racing or all-terrain vehicle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits
  • "Scramble", a song by Yui Horie, opening of the anime series School Rumble
  • Scramble (Comics), an enemy of the Marvel Comics Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight
  • Scramble, the traditional term for the order for assigned fighter plane pilots to take off and proceed to a destination in response to an alert to either investigate a sighting or intercept an enemy
  • Scramble (magazine), a Dutch aviation magazine
scramble in Japanese: スクランブル (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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