Definition of scramble in English:
- The children had been tossed around underwater but managed to get to their feet and scramble to higher ground.
- The ground was rocky and Damian quickly scrambled over to Thera.
- Hopping up quickly, she scrambled down the side of the rock to flat ground; smoothing the winkles of her dress.
- ‘What happened?’ Laras demanded, scrambling to a sitting position and examining his scraped knees and palms.
- Kyle's eyes widened and he moved back, eventually scrambling back so fast he fell over.
- Nikholas was sitting in front of the cell's bars, although he scrambled to a standing position as Ian entered.
- Hastily he got out of bed and scrambled into his clothes.
- I scrambled into my dressing gown and half-dashed half-limped down the stairs.
- He recalls panic as sirens sounded and troops had to scramble into nuclear, biological and chemical protective suits in temperatures sometimes topping 130F.
- Then he had a shot which struck the post before being scrambled away by the visitors.
- Frotunately, the kick cracked the foot of the post and was scrambled away.
- David Wetherall headed the cross for Watford's first corner which was scrambled away.
- His family is struggling and scrambling to deal with not only the emotional issues but the financial impact as well.
- The media bombard the public with calls for more government spending and eager politicians scramble to help in the spend-up.
- The media giant is pulling apart its empire as it scrambles to compete in a changed media world.
- The Air Force scrambled interceptor aircraft to investigate, but they found nothing.
- The aeronautical rescue co-ordination centre at RAF Kinloss immediately scrambled a helicopter.
- A Royal Navy Rescue Helicopter was scrambled as was the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Stornoway.
- Fighter jets and Blackhawk helicopters scrambled before the plane was identified and escorted to the Washington airport.
- If the plane is acting suspiciously, fighter jets could scramble to intercept.
- In Britain, Royal Air Force fighter planes scrambled today to escort a Greek jetliner to a London airport.
- His brain was scrambled, a mess of hash browns, but some twisted force kept him moving.
- After scrambling her brain on joint custody, she has plunged into the maelstrom of superannuation rights for same sex couples.
- I'm going to work today so I won't be able to idle away hours scrambling my brain with these issues.
- Push everything to one side, and gently scramble the eggs in the same pan.
- It tastes great, whether you're making salad dressing or scrambling a few egg whites.
- The eggs have to be softly scrambled, and cooked in butter.
- If he can't meet members of the JTTF face-to-face, he talks to them on a secure telephone that scrambles his conversations.
- All data in the payloads is scrambled, but framing bytes in the overhead consist of fixed data patterns and thus are not scrambled.
- When we negotiate, our clients certainly want a program, which scrambles a signal so you can't copy it.
- He can scramble to avoid pressure and pick up yardage on the run, but he doesn't have a pro arm and is accurate in streaks.
- There are four new starters on an inexperienced line, so the team needs a quarterback who can scramble and react to the blitz.
- Brad Johnson scrambles for 10 yards on third down to get the first down.
noun[usually in singular] Back to top
- Crisp air, soaring mountain faces, a scramble up a chain ladder that took us up a short cliff face and then a walk across the summit plateau brought us to what felt like the lip of the world.
- This delivers a scramble over boulders and down the backside of a fairly impressive granite dome.
- Fine views gradually emerge of falls across the steep canyon, though don't try the hazardous scramble down to them.
- In August 1988 planning permission was refused for the proposed use for a motor cycle scramble / motor cycle track for practice only.
- Speedway racing is not the only interest of the new club - members will go to scrambles and TT races.
- The war was a scramble for the control of the second largest oil reserves in the world and a move to establish its imperial hegemony.
- Both sides embarked on an escalating public relations battle and a frantic scramble for the moral high ground.
- As even public universities become more privatized, the scramble for external funding wedges the two castes further apart.
- Pro-democracy politicians have put the best face they can on a confusing scramble to realign their election strategy in advance of the September Legco election.
- Back in Dili the next day the confusion created by the scramble of so many players in the campaign is on show for all to see and hear.
- On some pieces the letters are outlined, resulting in a jumbled scramble of dirty lines and tainted colour.
late 16th century: imitative; compare with the dialect words scamble 'stumble' and cramble 'crawl'.
This is an imitative word comparable to the dialect words scamble meaning ‘stumble’ and cramble meaning ‘crawl’. The word scram which appeared in the early 20th century is probably from the verb scramble.
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