scramble: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (skram'bul), [key]
— v., n. -bled, -bling,
- to climb or move quickly using one's hands and feet, as down a rough incline.
- to compete or struggle with others for possession or gain: The children scrambled for the coins we tossed.
- to move hastily and with urgency: She scrambled into her coat and ran out the door.
- (of pilots or aircraft) to take off as quickly as possible to intercept enemy planes.
- to collect or organize (things) in a hurried or disorderly manner (often fol. by together or up): He scrambled the papers up from the desk. I scrambled the report together at the last minute.
- to mix together confusedly: The teacher has hopelessly scrambled our names and faces.
- to cause to move hastily, as if in panic: He scrambled everyone out of the burning building.
- to cook (eggs) in a pan while stirring, usually after mixing whites and yolks together.
- to make (a radio or telephonic message) incomprehensible to interceptors by systematically changing the transmission frequencies.
- to mix the elements of (a television signal) so that only subscribers with a decoding box can receive the signal.
- to cause (an intercepting aircraft or pilot) to take off in the shortest possible time, in response to an alert.
- a quick climb or progression over rough, irregular ground.
- a struggle for possession or gain: a scramble for choice seats in the stadium.
- any disorderly or hasty struggle or proceeding.
- an emergency takeoff of interceptors performed in the shortest possible time.
- scramble (Thesaurus)