Definitions for: Scramble


[n] rushing about hastily in an undignified way
[n] an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
[v] make unintelligible; "scramble the message so that nobody can understand it"
[v] stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
[v] bring into random order
[v] to move hurriedly; "The friend scrambled after them."
[v] climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling



Webster (1913) Definition: Scram"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scrambled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Scrambling.] [Freq. of Prov. E. scramb to rake
together with the hands, or of scramp to snatch at. cf.
Scrabble.]
1. To clamber with hands and knees; to scrabble; as, to
scramble up a cliff; to scramble over the rocks.

2. 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. --Milton.


Scram"ble, v. t.
1. To collect by scrambling; as, to scramble up wealth.
--Marlowe.

2. To prepare (eggs) as a dish for the table, by stirring the
yolks and whites together while cooking.


Scram"ble, n.
1. The act of scrambling, climbing on all fours, or
clambering.

2. 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. --Locke.

Synonyms: beat, clamber, jumble, scamper, scuffle, scurry, shin, shinny, skin, sputter, struggle, throw together

Antonyms: unscramble

See Also: agitate, alter, battle, change, climb, commove, cream, disarray, disorder, disturb, go, haste, hurry, locomote, move, raise up, rush, rushing, shake up, stir up, struggle, travel, tumble, vex, whip, whisk

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