scramble

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scramble make unintelligible "scramble the message so that nobody can understand it"
    • v scramble stir vigorously "beat the egg whites","beat the cream"
    • v scramble bring into random order
    • v scramble to move hurriedly "The friend scrambled after them"
    • v scramble climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
    • n scramble rushing about hastily in an undignified way
    • n scramble an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scramble The act of jostling and pushing for something desired; eager and unceremonious struggle for what is thrown or held out; as, a scramble for office. "Scarcity [of money] enhances its price, and increases the scramble ."
    • Scramble The act of scrambling, climbing on all fours, or clambering.
    • Scramble To clamber with hands and knees; to scrabble; as, to scramble up a cliff; to scramble over the rocks.
    • Scramble To collect by scrambling; as, to scramble up wealth.
    • Scramble To prepare (eggs) as a dish for the table, by stirring the yolks and whites together while cooking.
    • Scramble To struggle eagerly with others for something thrown upon the ground; to go down upon all fours to seize something; to catch rudely at what is desired. "Of other care they little reckoning make,
      Than how to scramble at the shearer's feast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scramble To struggle or wriggle along as if on all fours; move on with difficulty or in a floundering manner, as by seizing objects with the hand and drawing the body forward: as, to scramble up a cliff; to scramble on in the world.
    • scramble To struggle rudely or in a jostling manner with others for the purpose of grasping or getting something; strive eagerly, rudely, and without ceremony for or as if for something thrown on the ground: as, to scramble for pennies; to scramble for a living; to scramble for office.
    • scramble To stir or toss together in a random fashion; mix and cook in a confused mass.
    • scramble To throw down to be scrambled or struggled for: as, to scramble nuts.
    • scramble To advance or push in a scrambling way.
    • n scramble A walk or ramble in which there is clambering and struggling with obstacles.
    • n scramble An eager, rude contest or struggle for the possession of something offered or desired; an unceremonious jostling or pushing for the possession of something.
    • scramble In botany, to run or climb in all directions, especially over other plants. See scrambler, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Scramble skram′bl to struggle to seize something before others: to catch at or strive for rudely: to wriggle along on all-fours
    • v.t Scramble to throw down to be scrambled for: to advance or push
    • n Scramble act of scrambling: a struggle for office
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Quotations

  • Og Mandino
    Og%20Mandino
    “To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.”
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher
    Dorothy Canfield Fisher
    “Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.”
  • Doug Horton
    Doug%20Horton
    “If the destination is heaven, why do we scramble to be first in line for hell?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of Prov. E. scramb, to rake together with the hands, or of scramp, to snatch at. cf. Scrabble

Usage

In literature:

Lisle scrambled through, however, and he had no choice except to follow.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
The deed is done; the mad scramble is over.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
The water was very cold, and when Sunny had swallowed some of it and shaken some from his eyes, he scrambled to his feet crying bitterly.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
The mess-wagon rattled down to the ford as the last of the herd scrambled ashore.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Ruth and Helen scrambled down with their bags.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
They quickly scrambled back into the train, to their respective posts, and Andrews gave the signal for departure.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
He was fed, and again left; and now he scrambled up with his feet on the edge.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
A scrambling sound followed; then she heard heavy steps mount the rocks.
"Where Deep Seas Moan" by E. Gallienne-Robin
There was a rush and scrambling and breaking of brush.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Up the ragged surface of Prospect Hill, whither hundreds of terrified people fled for safety Friday night, I scrambled this afternoon.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
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In poetry:

Languid jasmine, scrambling briony,
Walls of close-festooning braid,
Fling themselves about her, mingling
With her wafted looks, waylaid.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Ay! gather your reins, and crack your thong,
And bid your steed go faster;
He does not know, as he scrambles along,
That he has a fool for his master;
"Reflections of a Proud Pedestrian" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
She shall not scramble for falling crowns,—
No theft her soul shall soil,—
So rich in rivers, so dowered with downs,—
She shall have no need of spoil!
"The Future Of Australia" by Mary Hannay Foott
Whether the breezes sway the wood
Or lizards scuttle through the brambles,
She starts, and off, as though pursued,
The foolish, frightened creature scrambles.
"To Chloe" by Eugene Field
So it goes they fall amid brambles,
And sting their toes on the nettle-tops,
Till, after a thousand scratches and scrambles,
They wipe their brows and the hunting stops.
"Butterflies" by Rudyard Kipling
I scrambled down to the brookside and hunted all about;
There wasn't a sign of a fisherman; there wasn't a sign of a trout.
But I heard somebody chuckle behind the hollow oak
And I got a whiff of tobacco like Lilly used to smoke.
"Dave Lilly" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer

In news:

For the second month in a row, we are scrambling to revise a story about a great local business that has been harder hit than expected by the continuing recession.
The ConocoPhillips refinery in Old Ocean, near Sweeny, is one of several plants that scrambled for more water due to drought.
FP Racing's Ryan Graffunder posted another impressive performance at the 2012 installment of the Big Kahuna Hare Scramble in British Columbia last weekend.
On Sunday, a lot of hits kept them close in the playoff scramble.
Administrators have been scrambling to shuffle around the kids to find room, but they're letting kids slip through the cracks.
The Obama administration is scrambling to show that it's not leaking sensitive national security secrets in order to enhance President Obama's chances in the presidential race.
We'd toss everything into my dad's truck, scramble to see who would get the best seat with the extra leg room, and take off.
Texas' Ian Kinsler scrambles back to first base on a pick off attempt in the third inning during the Texas Rangers vs the Oakland Athletics major league baseball game at O.co Coliseum in Oakland on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.
Creamy scrambled eggs is only one of the possibilities for topping breakfast crostini.
Others were up late last night, scrambling to finish.
Apple might be scrambling the jets on a smaller iPad.
Strapped states are scrambling to address Medicaid's ballooning costs before the federal government cuts back a critical source of funding this week.
Then the Egyptian revolution scrambled Israeli conservatives' worldview.
After decades of declining interest in the field, universities are scrambling to keep up with the newfound demand.
From afar, it would be easy to look at who all LSU lost on defense from last season and think the Tigers might be scrambling to fill a few holes in 2011.
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In science:

To obtain |Ψ(cid:105) from |Φ(cid:105) we apply a unitary scrambling operator V on the big (N − M ) qubit subsystem.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
The operator V is the product of a scrambling operator on the big subsystem and the unit operator in the small subsystem.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
What V does is to scramble the M qubits, that are entangled with the small subsystem, and hide them among the larger (N − M ) qubits of the big subsystem.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
However, scrambling can typically be achieved by a polynomial number of steps; a weaker type of randomness is sufficient.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
The matrix U need only be drawn from the ensemble of unitary 2-designs, U2. U2-randomness is equivalent to Haar randomness for any quadratic function of the density matrix of the system, and is enough to scramble.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
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