Definition of scrambling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskramblɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The action of scrambling up or over rough or steep ground, especially as a leisure activity: the final push for the summit involved some exhilarating scrambling
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  • The final climb is steep and involves some scrambling over rocks and steep drops to the side of the path.
  • The Short Leachas is steeper and involves some scrambling, while the Long Leachas is technically easier.
  • There was plenty of good, steep scrambling, but all the real difficulties can be avoided.
1.1British The sport of racing motorcycles over rough and hilly ground: he started racing in motorcycle scrambling at the age of ten
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  • Police and council officers have launched a joint operation to combat illegal off-road scrambling.
  • His interest in motorsport began with the early years of scrambling and grass track racing, and his expertise saw him snapped up to ride for Workington before the war.
  • The on-going problem of scrambling across moors in Whitworth was one of the reasons they set up a set area for bikers to use.
2The alteration of the speech frequency of a telephone conversation or broadcast transmission so as to make it unintelligible without a decoding device: [as modifier]: he activated the aircraft’s radar scrambling unit
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  • This method and apparatus for combined encryption and scrambling of information takes place on a shared medium network.
  • The simplest form of scrambling inverts the high and low points in the signal.
  • He figured out how to break the content scrambling system, allowing you to move from one region to another and override copy protection.

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