2 read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs" [syn: trace]
- :Rhymes: -aɪfə(r)
to decode or decrypt a code or cipher
to read illegible or obscure text
Decipherment is the analysis of documents written in ancient languages, where the language is unknown, or knowledge of the language has been lost.
It is closely related to cryptanalysis — the difference being that the original document was not deliberately written to be difficult to decipher.
The term has also been used to describe the analysis of the genetic code information encoded in DNA - see the Human Genome Project article for more on this.
Some people have also used the word metaphorically to mean something like 'understanding'.
Examples of document decipherment:
Famous documents that have been the subject of actual or attempted decipherment:
decipher in German: Entschlüsselung
decipher in Estonian: Dešifreerimine
decipher in Spanish: Desciframiento
decipher in French: Décrypter
decipher in Japanese: 解読
decipher in Turkish: Deşifre
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