obfuscate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v obfuscate make obscure or unclear
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Obfuscate Obfuscated; darkened; obscured.
    • Obfuscate To confuse; to bewilder; to make unclear. "His head, like a smokejack, the funnel unswept, and the ideas whirling round and round about in it, all obfuscated and darkened over with fuliginous matter.""Clouds of passion which might obfuscate the intellects of meaner females."
    • Obfuscate To darken; to obscure; to becloud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obfuscate To darken; obscure; becloud; confuse; bewilder; muddle.
    • obfuscate Darkened; clouded; obscured; muddled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Obfuscate ob-fus′kāt to darken: to confuse
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obfuscatus, p. p. of obfuscare, to darken; ob,see Ob-) + fuscare, fuscatum, to darken, from fuscus, dark
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obfuscāre, -ātumob, inten., fuscus, dark.

Usage

In literature:

The answer given was a model of obfuscation.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
Richard, himself sober, was contemptuous of Trenchard so obviously obfuscated.
"Mistress Wilding" by Rafael Sabatini
Bernini went down to the basement, obfuscated; for he knew the visitor.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
I was dizzied, obfuscated, by all this onslaught of thunder, lightning, wind, blackness, and water.
"The Mutiny of the Elsinore" by Jack London
But it was their remoter, complicated desires and mental processes that obfuscated him.
"The House of Pride" by Jack London
Even in the higher ranks of animality, examples of similar mental obfuscation are not lacking.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
I am a match for my aunt, whom I can obfuscate with words.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
It was Smoke's varied play that obfuscated them.
"Smoke Bellew" by Jack London
The problem has been obfuscated by the modern jargon of art.
"Donatello" by David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
Let no ordinary and superficial method of reasoning obfuscate the public mind on this subject.
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
The policeman turned and directed upon him a look that would have entirely obfuscated a soberer man.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay
Its clarity arrested the obfuscated intellect of a nation groping, whining, and blustering under the shadow of the knife of Versailles.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
In the obfuscation of his "sivin" senses, the young Irishman may have scarcely understood what was passing around him.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
He put all the curtains on, and she pushed forth into obfuscation like a one-man submarine.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
His perceptions, never very quick or clear, were now undoubtedly somewhat obfuscated with what he had been drinking.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
In the obfuscation of his "sivin" senses, the young Irishman may have scarcely understood what was passing around him.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Both at first dazzle, then obfuscate, and lastly darken into temporary death.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
His eyes were no longer obfuscated and muddled with whiskey fumes.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
Does this picture illustrate or obfuscate?
"The Psychology of Arithmetic" by Edward L. Thorndike
Is she dazzled, is she obfuscated by the twinkling repetition of the lights?
"The Celebrity at Home" by Violet Hunt
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In news:

We understand bureaucratic obfuscation that borders on terror, for example, in large part thanks to Kafka.
They name their songs in eight words or more, or don't name them at all, as if to obfuscate any radio DJ who would dare play them or short-circuit the Billboard charts that wouldn't have them anyway.
The days that precede it, however, are filled with lies and obfuscation, misdirection and outright manipulation.
Karl Miller's opinion piece in the Feb 9 edition of the Columbia Missourian opposing an increase in the minimum wage is an excellent example of using statistics to obfuscate and mislead.
In systems where no IT direction is provided by the manufacturing facility, connectivity to the production line can become obfuscated .
Sequestration, Obfuscation , Dreamification, Votification and Non-sensification.
A far greater danger is obfuscation .
Is Vendor Obfuscation a Strategy.
The hookah and head shop carries a huge variety of smelly sticks, cones, and oil for your olfactory pleasure — or obfuscation.
Perhaps they mean her performance as a master in obfuscating and misleading the public on its toll plans.
Republicans have been trying not to just come out and admit that their plan is to let tens of millions of Americans go without health insurance, but their obfuscations are having less and less success.
In drastic contrast , Chipaumire's performance was cloaked in darkness, shadows, and obfuscation from the outset.
They are the times when previously muddled issues are suddenly cast into sharp relief and citizens are given a look behind the curtains of spin and obfuscation.
The donations, auditors suggest, were merely distractions meant to obfuscate Latitude 's true purpose: to enrich the Ierullos.
Obfuscation — AHB-fuss-KAY-shun — an unclear or obscure rendering.
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In science:

Ob jects with very poorly determined magnitudes add little statistical weight to the cosmology fit but make the Hubble diagram more difficult to read and in general obfuscate the result.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
This non-determinism, in turn, is used in obfuscating the dependence of observable values on secret data.
Statistical Analysis of Privacy and Anonymity Guarantees in Randomized Security Protocol Implementations
These protocols achieve this hiding of secret information by using randomization to obfuscate the relation between the secret data and the observable data.
Statistical Analysis of Privacy and Anonymity Guarantees in Randomized Security Protocol Implementations
In order to avoid obfuscating the redaction, we will only introduce little notation regarding this new environment.
Stable fluctuations for ballistic random walks in random environment on Z
In order to avoid obfuscating the redaction, we will only introduce little notation regarding this new environment.
Quenched limits for the fluctuations of transient random walks in random environment on Z
The act of measurement is indeterminate so if the signaller wants to collapse to a horizontal state, he will only achieve this half of the time – the signal becomes totally obfuscated in noise.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel
We have seen the obfuscation of the Bohr/Copenhagen view where the photon doesn’t really exist until it is measured - though something must have been travelling through space.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel
Above this pump level, a multitude of FWM peaks are generated at wavelengths close to mode 7, which obfuscates the character of the mode.
Inherent Stochastic Linearization of Random Laser Modes
Existing approaches rely on a range of mathematical techniques, such as probability generating functions [18, 25, 26], which, while being entirely successful in determining spreading probabilities as well as many other quantities, involve an obfuscation of the underlying physical mechanisms.
Direct, physically motivated derivation of triggering probabilities for spreading processes on generalized random networks
This incentive has long led traditional software vendors to release their software only in binary form —often with deliberate obfuscation to thwart analysis—but only the cloud model frees the vendor entirely from the need to release their code in any form directly executable by the customer.
Icebergs in the Clouds: the Other Risks of Cloud Computing
We chose a Cray XMT supercomputer as it provides an almost ideal PRAM model permitting quick investigation of parallel algorithms without obfuscation from hardware idiosyncrasies.
Parallel implementation of a fast randomized algorithm for the decomposition of low rank matrices
Our results suggest that if interactions with other galaxies are responsible for triggering AGN activity, the timelag between trigger and AGN enhancement must be sufficiently long to obfuscate the encounter site and wipe out the local galaxy density signal.
The drivers of AGN activity in galaxy clusters: AGN fraction as a function of mass and environment
In order to prevent from effectively using such cases in the ROP attack we propose that every instruction with RET opcode inside of its body will be obfuscated in a special manner.
Security Mitigations for Return-Oriented Programming Attacks
If RET opcode is spotted in immediate constant values such instruction should be obfuscated for example by splitting ADD REG,IMM32 into two ADD instructions where the IMM32 operand for both of them would be free of return instruction opcodes.
Security Mitigations for Return-Oriented Programming Attacks
Privacy must be insured over the data sent to the nodes in the network. Thus, an efficient algorithm is devised to obfuscate the data to the adversaries and thereby, refraining them from eavesdropping on the content.
Data Aggregation and Privacy for Police Patrols
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