anagram

[an-uh-gram]
noun
1.
a word, phrase, or sentence formed from another by rearranging its letters: “Angel” is an anagram of “glean.”
2.
anagrams, (used with a singular verb) a game in which the players build words by transposing and, often, adding letters.
verb (used with object), anagrammed, anagramming.
3.
to form (the letters of a text) into a secret message by rearranging them.
4.
to rearrange (the letters of a text) so as to discover a secret message.

Origin:
1580–90; probably < Middle French anagramme < Neo-Latin anagramma. See ana-, -gram1

anagrammatic [an-uh-gruh-mat-ik] , anagrammatical, adjective
anagrammatically, adverb
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anagram (ˈænəˌɡræm)
 
n
a word or phrase the letters of which can be rearranged into another word or phrase
 
[C16: from New Latin anagramma, shortened from Greek anagrammatismos, from anagrammatizein to transpose letters, from ana- + gramma a letter]
 
anagrammatic
 
adj
 
anagram'matical
 
adj
 
anagram'matically
 
adv

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anagram
transposition of letters in a word so as to form another, 1580s, from Fr. anagramme, from Gk. anagrammatizein "transpose letters," from ana- "up, back" + gramma (gen. grammatos) "letter."
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Example sentences
Anagrams have come to plague the author's existence.
Anagrams were once thought to possess mystical powers, the ability to divine
  hidden secrets.
Anagrams are created when you rearrange the letters of a word or group of words
  to created new words.
Afterward, both groups were given tricky anagrams to solve.
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