• WordNet 3.6
    • v garble make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Garble Impurities separated from spices, drugs, etc.; -- also called garblings.
    • Garble Refuse; rubbish.
    • Garble To pick out such parts of as may serve a purpose; to mutilate; to pervert; as, to garble a quotation; to garble an account.
    • Garble To sift or bolt, to separate the fine or valuable parts of from the coarse and useless parts, or from dros or dirt; as, to garble spices.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • garble To sift or bolt; free from dross or dirt.
    • garble Hence— To pick out the fine or valuable parts of; cull out and select the best or most suitable parts or specimens of; sort out; select and assort, rejecting the bad or least suitable: as, to garble spices; to garble coins. See garbling the coinage, below. [Now only in technical use.]
    • garble To sort out parts of for a purpose, especially a sinister purpose; mutilate so as to give a false impression; sophisticate; corrupt: as, a garbled account of an affair; a garbled text or writing.
    • garble Synonyms Misquote, etc. (see mutilate); pervert, misrepresent, falsify.
    • n garble Anything that has been sifted, or from which the coarse parts have been removed.
    • n garble Refuse separated from goods, as spices, drugs, etc.: in the following passage applied to a low fellow. Compare trash in a similar use.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Garble gär′bl to select what may serve our own purpose, in a bad sense: to mutilate, corrupt, or falsify
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Formerly, to pick out, sort, OF. grabeler, for garbeler, to examine precisely, garble spices, fr. LL. garbellare, to sift; cf. Sp. garbillar, to sift, garbillo, a coarse sieve, L. cribellum, dim. of cribrum, sieve, akin to cernere, to separate, sift (cf. E. Discern); or perh. rather from Ar. gharbāl, gharbil, sieve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Most prob. It. garbellare—Ar. ghirbál, a sieve.


In literature:

Reports back to control cabin took on a frantic note, confused and garbled.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
She has heard as yet but a garbled version.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
This shows how even garbled traditions may predispose the Mohammedan mind for the study of the Gospels.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
Yip hated the Japanese with a furious hatred, if the garbled words that dropped from his smiling lips were to be believed.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
A fact may be an exception; but the feeling is the law, and it is that which you must neither garble nor belie.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But the garbling of a passage cited as a testimony is a precisely analogous process.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
The newspaper accounts got garbled.
"The Last Straw" by William J. Smith
Communication with Earth is so sparse and garbled.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
The First Quarto is a garbled copy taken down in the theater.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
He either believed, or thought that he believed, Norwood's garbled explanation.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

"Each zealot thrust before my eyes
His Scripture-garbled label;
All creeds were shouted in my ears
As with the tongues of Babel.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Tea, that in the magic of its Flow
Anoints the Tongue to wag of So-and-So,
To gabble garbled Garrulousness ere
You lay the Cup and Saucer down and Go.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
What good to dread the Storm's impending Black
With woful Ululation and "Alack!" -
The garbled Tenor of a sore Despite
Can never bring your lost Umbrella back.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
The villainous translator made a garble
Of putting into Russian as he must
The words in which the mourning English widow
Implored us to respect her husband's dust.
"The British Military Cemetery at Sebastopol" by Konstantin Simonov

In news:

Clearly distressed, he says a garbled prayer in Arabic.
Dyslexia may be rooted in a problem the brain has in teasing out distinct sounds from the incoming garble, researchers say.
A lyric is garbled or even forgotten.
Army Doubles Down on ' Garbled , Ineffective' Next-Gen Radios.
Garble used to mean clarify.
Hellish hissing and skull-splitting feedback explode into a swirlingly atonal shit-cloud of expertly terrible guitar noise, erratic yet superprecise drum strikes, droning bass, garbled shrieks, and totally indecipherable lyrical chatter.
While the NFL question probably makes the most sense to humans, you could garble the order for and get the same result, according to Imielinski.
Garbled Report on Sichuan Death Toll Revives Pain.
The Mars rover Spirit called home on Friday morning, re-establishing contact after two days of garbled transmissions.
The beluga 's caretakers had heard what sounded like garbled phrases emanating from the enclosure before, and it suddenly dawned on them that the whale might be imitating the voices of his human handlers.
Clearly distressed , he says a garbled prayer in Arabic.
He was dyslexic , and reading that speech might have just garbled the whole thing up.
But his message in the process got garbled.
Army Doubles Down on 'Garbled, Ineffective ' Next-Gen Radios.
The words were sometimes garbled, but the body's language was not.

In science:

If another node tries to send at the same time then a collision occurs, both messages are garbled, and both nodes retry their communication after a random waiting period.
Cluster Computing White Paper
It is expected that these two measures ( which specify how differently the inputs of a Discrete Memoryless channel are garbled ) will be of utility in information theoretic investigations.
Graphs: Associated Markov Chains
There is no need to explicitly rule out (5), as the transition NP [α] → α [N] will be vanishingly rare in any corpus of even the most garbled speech, while the transition N [α] → α [S(rel)] is commonly met with in both written and spoken English.
A State-Transition Grammar for Data-Oriented Parsing