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noun cipher pronunciation in American English /ˈsaɪfər/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a secret system of writing, used for sending messages so that no one can understand them unless they know the system
    in cipher (=using a cipher):

    The letter was written in cipher.

  2. 2
    [countable] someone who has no power, or who is not important

    He was only a cipher.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a design combining or interweaving letters or initials; a monogram

    They had their family's cipher engraved on silver spoons and forks.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 27/09/2014

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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