Synonyms for ciphering
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CIPHERING
"Better stick to your ciphering, my young friend," he said to him, one day.
Then he takes a fresh sheet of paper and resumes his ciphering and reckoning.
He was taught reading, writing, ciphering, and the translation of the Bible.
School hours were to be spent principally in writing, ciphering, and reciting.
There was no ciphering her out by the rules that worked with other children.
But the triumph of the ciphering hand-organ has consoled me.
Everybody who knew anything about ciphering was called in to consider it.
It is known that "ciphering" was George's "absorbing interest."
There was a small girl sitting near her, with a slate, ciphering.
Our schoolboys do their "ciphering," and write carefully in their "ciphering-books."
late 14c., "arithmetical symbol for zero," from Old French cifre "nought, zero," Medieval Latin cifra, with Spanish and Italian cifra, ultimately from Arabic sifr "zero," literally "empty, nothing," from safara "to be empty;" loan-translation of Sanskrit sunya-s "empty." The word came to Europe with Arabic numerals. Originally in English "zero," then "any numeral" (early 15c.), then (first in French and Italian) "secret way of writing; coded message" (a sense first attested in English 1520s), because early codes often substituted numbers for letters. Klein says Modern French chiffre is from Italian cifra.