Adjective "Scrambled" definition and examples

(Scrambled may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈskramb(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

verb

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.
  1. 'You can also scramble over rocks, thanks to the shoe's rubber lug sole.'
  2. 'Hopping up quickly, she scrambled down the side of the rock to flat ground; smoothing the winkles of her dress.'
  3. 'There were no flat landings and we all had to scramble up the steep bank pulling on ferns and trees.'
  4. 'He scrambled up the hill with the vegetation catching and pulling at his clothes.'
  5. 'The children had been tossed around underwater but managed to get to their feet and scramble to higher ground.'
  6. 'Then people began screaming again and pointing and we ran and scrambled up the hill.'
  7. 'Without another moment's pause, Darien rushed forward, scrambling up the wall.'
  8. 'Tripping and scrambling over the uneven ground, she fled blindly.'
  9. 'Pedestrians took their lives in their hands running the tree-lined gauntlet, forced to scramble up steep bankings if two vehicles met on the narrow stretch.'
  10. 'We scrambled over some rocks and were soon looking down from about 60 feet onto the lagoons.'
  11. 'I tried to scramble to my feet'
  12. '‘What happened?’ Laras demanded, scrambling to a sitting position and examining his scraped knees and palms.'
  13. 'Nikholas was sitting in front of the cell's bars, although he scrambled to a standing position as Ian entered.'
  14. 'She was up and pushing herself off of the ground quickly and Tristin scrambled away.'
  15. 'Workers scrambled to their positions in preparation for what had been determined to be an attack from a monster.'
  16. 'Chuck scrambled into her room and began looking everywhere for her.'
  17. 'She scrambled into bed and turned off the light.'
  18. 'The child scrambled clumsily to her feet and began to run in the other direction.'
  19. 'He and several colleagues scrambled into the hall, where they faced a terrifying choice: to their right, fire; to their left, thick smoke.'
  20. 'Meanwhile, those few who had managed to scramble ashore were sheltering below a ruined Turkish fort.'
  21. 'Hailey hurriedly scrambled off the bed, and lunged at James with her arms outstretched.'
  22. 'He recalls panic as sirens sounded and troops had to scramble into nuclear, biological and chemical protective suits in temperatures sometimes topping 130F.'
  23. 'I scrambled into my dressing gown and half-dashed half-limped down the stairs.'
  24. 'She scrambled into her clothing and ran out to the couch.'
  25. 'Hastily he got out of bed and scrambled into his clothes.'
  26. 'Frotunately, the kick cracked the foot of the post and was scrambled away.'
  27. 'A Harte free was dropped by Robbie Jameson before the Eadestown keeper recovered and scrambled the ball to safety.'
  28. 'That fell to Basturk, who cottoned on to Sas' through ball only to see his header scrambled off the line by Omar Daf.'
  29. 'Bath then captured 5-22 and must have been distraught when Bolton were able to scramble a two-wicket win off the final delivery.'
  30. 'Mercer, Lee Ashcroft and Foster then combined in a move that was scrambled away from the Telford line.'
  31. 'But the ball also struck the far post and the Newry defence scrambled it clear.'
  32. 'He went off on a weaving run before chipping through only for the ball to be scrambled clear.'
  33. 'There was still a chance for Andy Kirk, but the ball was scrambled away.'
  34. 'David Wetherall headed the cross for Watford's first corner which was scrambled away.'
  35. 'Udall then had to scramble the corner away under pressure from Brian Pennington.'
  36. 'firms scrambled to win public-sector contracts'
  37. 'This is a new benchmark for LCD production that competitors will have to scramble to emulate.'
  38. 'The lunchroom turned into a full-fledged panic as the students scrambled to find shelter.'
  39. 'Under green flag racing, drivers are in fighting mode, scrambling for track position.'
  40. 'She is scrambling to make up ground against her rivals.'
  41. 'The media giant is pulling apart its empire as it scrambles to compete in a changed media world.'
  42. 'The media bombard the public with calls for more government spending and eager politicians scramble to help in the spend-up.'
  43. 'The Aggies have been far less competitive than they were last year and are scrambling to salvage something positive out of this season.'
  44. 'Most hospitals are scrambling like crazy to try to fill vacant positions.'
  45. 'As a backlash against this silly move builds, the Greens are now scrambling to explain away the mess.'
  46. 'The software sector lends itself to mergers and takeovers as firms scramble to keep pace with market changes and shifting demand.'
Order (a fighter aircraft or its pilot) to take off immediately in an emergency or for action.
  1. 'He replied that he had numerous reports and that the Air Force had scrambled jet fighters to attempt to catch them, but had failed to get close to them.'
  2. 'This leads to the question of why the air force failed to scramble its fighter jets as soon as it received news that four planes had been hijacked.'
  3. 'The Russian air force scrambled a fighter jet to intercept a Manchester-bound airliner that had strayed into its air space'
  4. 'Now, we've scrambled twelve aircraft, but I can't send them in without presidential authority.'
  5. 'Fighter jets have been scrambled in the area and all three major metropolitan airports have been closed.'
  6. 'The aeronautical rescue co-ordination centre at RAF Kinloss immediately scrambled a helicopter.'
  7. 'Fearing further action from Chinese military, the air force scrambled two IDF fighters to aid the Mirage jets.'
  8. 'RAF helicopters were scrambled and the plane was greeted by armed police backed up by teams of firefighters and paramedics.'
  9. 'Six squadrons of Spitfires and Hurricanes are scrambled.'
  10. 'An RAF rescue helicopter was scrambled from Chivenor in Devon and she was winched up from the beach and flown to Withybush hospital.'
  11. 'as the jet headed towards Italian airspace, two F104 fighters scrambled from a base in Sicily to intercept it'
  12. 'In Britain, Royal Air Force fighter planes scrambled today to escort a Greek jetliner to a London airport.'
  13. 'If the plane is acting suspiciously, fighter jets could scramble to intercept.'
  14. 'German fighter planes scramble to intercept him but he lands safely.'
  15. 'The aircraft are designed to scramble and intercept incoming enemy jets before they can pose a threat to the carriers.'
  16. 'Fighter jets scramble too late to intercept a private plane flying very close to the White House.'
  17. 'All twelve of Devil fighters scrambled and accelerated to top speed and engaged the puny defences of Sky Base Beta.'
  18. 'They will be forced to deploy their guards outside to try and hold you off while one of their squadrons scrambles from the spaceport.'
  19. 'Jets and bombers scrambled again; the strikes would go on.'
  20. 'Fighter jets and Blackhawk helicopters scrambled before the plane was identified and escorted to the Washington airport.'
Make (something) jumbled or muddled.
  1. 'It is a sometimes unfathomable loudness, so loud the brain just gives up on the ears, assuming the information they are sending is scrambled nonsense.'
  2. 'Two years ago he went there for the Seniors Open with his emotions scrambled.'
  3. 'For a second or two, my brain was totally scrambled.'
  4. 'His brain was scrambled, a mess of hash browns, but some twisted force kept him moving.'
  5. 'Indeed, time seems scrambled, moving fast and slow together.'
  6. 'We sat and watched the screen as it fizzed black and white shapes that during the course of the last three hours had scrambled my tiny mind.'
  7. 'The study fuelling the latest claims about mobile phones scrambling the mind in fact shows nothing of the kind.'
  8. 'I've spent a lot of time twisting the knobs, getting the mix almost right before going too far and scrambling the hues again.'
  9. 'Determined to have their say before senility scrambled their wits, they would sit down in the afterglow of evening to bear witness to the nature of their times.'
  10. 'He made breakfast for the two of them, keeping up a constant flow of chatter while he scrambled some eggs and pan-toasted a few slices of bread.'
  11. 'He simply shrugged and hummed while scrambling some eggs on the hot plate.'
  12. 'Usually, the only solution is soaking and scrubbing, which is why I scramble eggs only in non-stick pans.'
  13. 'A legacy from Italian colonial days is the frittata, made by scrambling eggs with onion and peppers.'
  14. 'Eggs, whether scrambled, poached or boiled, are popular with everyone.'
  15. 'I actually think the offer of a kipper was just a bluff, and doubt that the ‘chef’ in those guest houses would've been able to scramble an egg.'
  16. 'I also roasted a delicata squash and loosely scrambled some pretty brown eggs, and then I ate very dark chocolate.'
  17. 'This amazing new kitchen appliances perfectly scrambles an egg inside the shell.'
  18. 'It tastes great, whether you're making salad dressing or scrambling a few egg whites.'
  19. 'Add the eggs and stir gently until softly scrambled.'
  20. 'Voice data also arrives scrambled, but it's more complicated because of the real-time nature of VOIP.'
  21. 'That could cause bits of information to disappear or become scrambled in transmission, and render the chip useless.'
  22. 'When we negotiate, our clients certainly want a program, which scrambles a signal so you can't copy it.'
  23. 'The basis of conditional access technology rests on scrambling and descrambling the pictures on your screen.'
  24. 'All data in the payloads is scrambled, but framing bytes in the overhead consist of fixed data patterns and thus are not scrambled.'
  25. 'Use a secure browser - software that encrypts or scrambles information you send over the Internet - to guard the security of your online transactions.'
(of a quarterback) run with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, avoiding tackles.
  1. 'There are four new starters on an inexperienced line, so the team needs a quarterback who can scramble and react to the blitz.'
  2. 'I recall a game from my playing days with the Broncos when we were playing the Vikings in Minnesota and John Elway scrambled in the red zone.'
  3. 'He can scramble enough for his receivers to get open, and he can throw a tight pass in traffic.'

noun

A difficult or hurried clamber up or over something.
  1. 'The next hour was a constant scramble through tangled trees, around in circles, and hiding behind bushes.'
  2. 'The first is the scramble through the lakeshore rocks in the fog, where shadowy figures pop up and disappear before it can be determined who they are.'
  3. 'This delivers a scramble over boulders and down the backside of a fairly impressive granite dome.'
  4. 'A long, lingering snow patch gave a superb standing glissade back down to the col before the last scramble up to An Caisteal, the castle.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'The Askival Pinnacle can be climbed on its west side by a difficult scramble but can be avoided by a traverse on the east side of the ridge.'
  7. 'The walk up the river bed was more of a scramble, as it had rained overnight and the large, algae covered boulders were treacherous and slippery.'
  8. 'This is passed by a delicate traverse on the left to a scramble down and final chimney, or else is laddered also to the left.'
  9. 'A rough scramble reaches the highest rock, the mountain's summit.'
  10. 'At the Hermitage they had a glorious scramble up the Mueller Glacier to Mount Ollivier on the Sealy Range before they cycled on to Wanaka, Cromwell and Dunedin.'
  11. 'You can walk much of the 2-mile-long crack, formed thousands of years ago, but at times it's more of a scramble and a squeeze.'
  12. 'a local landowner allowed some kids to hold a motorbike scramble in the woods'
  13. 'In August 1988 planning permission was refused for the proposed use for a motor cycle scramble / motor cycle track for practice only.'
  14. 'There is a scramble - a modern gold rush - to patent as much of the genome as possible.'
  15. 'As with test publishers, the scramble to boost revenues sometimes leads test-prep companies to violate ethical standards.'
  16. 'Now its dash to grab market share has turned into a scramble to sack workers.'
  17. 'The lesser lights realistically are hoping to lift support for their party, bearing in mind the post-election scramble to form a government.'
  18. 'Expect the scramble for cement, for lumber, for raw materials in the booming southeast to continue.'
  19. 'Yorkshire schools are resorting to poaching teachers from each other as a mad scramble to beat the shortages and fill vacancies in time for September begins.'
  20. 'Again, if demand for rented accommodation slackens further, investors might high-tail it out of the market, pushing prices down in the scramble.'
  21. 'The scramble for rail tickets began today, as eager passengers tried to secure scarce Christmas seats.'
  22. 'Doctors, social workers and people with HIV describe a desperate scramble to gain access to lifesaving medications.'
  23. '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.'
An emergency take-off by fighter aircraft.
    A disordered mixture of things.
    1. '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.'
    2. 'On some pieces the letters are outlined, resulting in a jumbled scramble of dirty lines and tainted colour.'

    More definitions

    1. to climb or move quickly using one's hands and feet, as down a rough incline.

    2. to compete or struggle with others for possession or gain: The children scrambled for the coins we tossed.

    3. to move hastily and with urgency: She scrambled into her coat and ran out the door.

    4. Military. (of pilots or aircraft) to take off as quickly as possible to intercept enemy planes. verb (used with object), scrambled, scrambling.

    5. to col

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be scrambled for covers."

    "eggs can be scrambled."

    "goals can be scrambled."

    "backs can be scrambled."

    "signals can be scrambled."

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    Origin

    (scramble)Late 16th century: imitative; compare with the dialect words scamble ‘stumble’ and cramble ‘crawl’.