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# What is enciphered?

From the Free Online Dictionary: enÂ·ciÂ·pher.
(n-sfr).
tr.v. enÂ·ciÂ·phered , enÂ·ciÂ·pherÂ·ing , enÂ·ciÂ·phers To put (a message, for example) into …cipher..
enÂ·cipherÂ·er n. enÂ·cipherÂ·ment n. .
ciÂ·pher also cyÂ·pher .
(sfr).
n. 1. The mathematical symbol (0) denoting absence of quantity; zero. 2. An Arabic numeral or figure; a number. 3. One having no influence or value; a nonentity. 4. a. A cryptographic system in which units of plain text of regular length, usually letters, are arbitrarily transposed or substituted according to a predetermined code. b. The key to such a system. c. A message written or transmitted in such a system. 5. A design combining or interweaving letters or initials; a monogram. v. ciÂ·phered , ciÂ·pherÂ·ing , ciÂ·phers v. intr. To solve problems in arithmetic; calculate. See Synonyms at calculate. v. tr. 1. To put in secret writing; encode. 2. To solve by means of arithmetic..
[Middle English cifre , from Old French, from Medieval Latin cifra , from Arabic ifr , from afira , to be empty (translation of Sanskrit nyam , cipher, dot ); see pr 1 in Semitic roots.] ( Full Answer )