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Scrabble vs. Scramble

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Scrabbleverb

(intransitive) To scrape or scratch powerfully with hands or claws.

Scrambleverb

(intransitive) To move hurriedly to a location, especially by using all limbs against a surface.

Scrabbleverb

(transitive) To gather hastily.

Scrambleverb

(intransitive) To proceed to a location or an objective in a disorderly manner.

Scrabbleverb

(intransitive) To move with difficulty by making rapid movements back and forth with the hands or paws.

‘She was on her hands and knees scrabbling in the mud, looking for her missing wedding ring.’;

Scrambleverb

To thoroughly combine and cook as a loose mass.

‘I scrambled some eggs with spinach and cheese.’;

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Scrabbleverb

(intransitive) To scribble.

Scrambleverb

(transitive) To process (telecommunication signals) to make them unintelligible to an unauthorized listener.

Scrabbleverb

(transitive) To mark with irregular lines or letters; to scribble on.

‘to scrabble paper’;

Scrambleverb

To quickly deploy (vehicles, usually aircraft) to a destination in response to an alert, usually to intercept an attacking enemy.

Scrabblenoun

A scramble.

‘a scrabble for dear life’;

Scrambleverb

To partake in motocross.

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Scrabbleverb

To scrape, paw, or scratch with the hands; to proceed by clawing with the hands and feet; to scramble; as, to scrabble up a cliff or a tree.

‘Now after a while Little-faith came to himself, and getting up made shift to scrabble on his way.’;

Scrambleverb

(intransitive) To ascend rocky terrain as a leisure activity.

Scrabbleverb

To make irregular, crooked, or unmeaning marks; to scribble; to scrawl.

‘David . . . scrabbled on the doors of the gate.’;

Scrambleverb

(transitive) To gather or collect by scrambling.

‘to scramble up wealth’;

Scrabbleverb

To mark with irregular lines or letters; to scribble; as, to scrabble paper.

Scrambleverb

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.

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Scrabblenoun

The act of scrabbling; a moving upon the hands and knees; a scramble; also, a scribble.

Scramblenoun

A rush or hurry, especially making use of the limbs against a surface.

‘a last-minute scramble to the finish line’;

Scrabblenoun

an aimless drawing

Scramblenoun

(military) An emergency defensive air force mission to intercept attacking enemy aircraft.

Scrabblenoun

a board game in which words are formed from letters in patterns similar to a crossword puzzle; each letter has a value and those values are used to score the game

Scramblenoun

A motocross race.

Scrabbleverb

feel searchingly;

‘She groped for his keys in the dark’;

Scramblenoun

Any frantic period of competitive activity.

Scrabbleverb

write down quickly without much attention to detail

Scrambleinterjection

(UK) Shouted when something desirable is thrown into a group of people who individually want that item, causing them to rush for it.

Scrabble

Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, onto a game board divided into a 15×15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words that, in crossword fashion, read left to right in rows or downward in columns, and be included in a standard dictionary or lexicon.

Scrambleverb

To clamber with hands and knees; to scrabble; as, to scramble up a cliff; to scramble over the rocks.

Scrambleverb

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.’;

Scrambleverb

To collect by scrambling; as, to scramble up wealth.

Scrambleverb

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

Scramblenoun

The act of scrambling, climbing on all fours, or clambering.

Scramblenoun

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.’;

Scramblenoun

an unceremonious and disorganized struggle

Scramblenoun

rushing about hastily in an undignified way

Scrambleverb

to move hurriedly;

‘The friend scrambled after them’;

Scrambleverb

climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

Scrambleverb

bring into random order

Scrambleverb

stir vigorously;

‘beat the egg whites’; ‘beat the cream’;

Scrambleverb

make unintelligible;

‘scramble the message so that nobody can understand it’;

Scrambleverb

make one's way quickly or awkwardly up a steep gradient or over rough ground by using one's hands as well as one's feet

‘we scrambled over the damp boulders’;

Scrambleverb

move hurriedly or clumsily from or into a particular place or position

‘she scrambled out of the car’; ‘I tried to scramble to my feet’;

Scrambleverb

put (clothes) on hurriedly

‘Robbie scrambled into jeans and a T-shirt’;

Scrambleverb

perform (an action) or achieve (a result) hurriedly, clumsily, or with difficulty

‘Cork scrambled a 1–0 win over Monaghan’;

Scrambleverb

struggle or compete with others for something in an eager or uncontrolled and undignified way

‘firms scrambled to win public-sector contracts’;

Scrambleverb

order (a fighter aircraft or its pilot) to take off immediately in an emergency or for action

‘the Hurricanes were scrambled again, this time meeting Italian fighters’;

Scrambleverb

(of a fighter aircraft or its pilot) take off for emergency action

‘as the jet headed towards Italian airspace, two F104 fighters scrambled from a base in Sicily to intercept it’;

Scrambleverb

make (something) jumbled or muddled

‘maybe the alcohol has scrambled his brains’;

Scrambleverb

cook (eggs) by beating them with a little liquid and then cooking and stirring them gently

‘you may have your eggs scrambled or boiled’;

Scrambleverb

make (a broadcast transmission or telephone conversation) unintelligible unless received by an appropriate decoding device

‘the signal is scrambled into code’;

Scrambleverb

(of a quarterback) run with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, avoiding tackles

‘McNabb scrambled in the third quarter and threw a touchdown pass to Maddox’;

Scramblenoun

a difficult or hurried clamber up or over something

‘an undignified scramble over the wall’;

Scramblenoun

a mountain walk up steep terrain involving the use of one's hands

‘the route gives an excellent scramble up on to the narrow summit ridge’;

Scramblenoun

a motorcycle race over rough and hilly ground

‘a local landowner allowed some kids to hold a motorbike scramble in the woods’;

Scramblenoun

an eager or uncontrolled and undignified struggle with others to obtain or achieve something

‘I lost Tommy in the scramble for a seat’;

Scramblenoun

an emergency take-off by fighter aircraft

‘the scramble might be a training exercise or it might not’;

Scramblenoun

a disordered mixture of things

‘the girl's mouth was a scramble of orthodontist's hardware’;

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