cryptanalysis

cryptanalysis

[krip-tuh-nal-uh-sis]
noun
1.
the procedures, processes, methods, etc., used to translate or interpret secret writings, as codes and ciphers, for which the key is unknown.
2.
the science or study of such procedures. Compare cryptography ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism; crypt(ogram) + analysis

cryptanalytic [krip-tan-l-it-ik] , adjective
cryptanalytically, adverb
cryptanalyst [krip-tan-l-ist] , noun
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cryptanalysis (ˌkrɪptəˈnælɪsɪs)
 
n
the study of codes and ciphers; cryptography
 
[C20: from cryptograph + analysis]
 
cryptanalytic
 
adj
 
crypt'analyst
 
n

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cryptanalysis definition


The branch of cryptography concerned with decoding encrypted messages when you're not supposed to be able to.
(1994-12-06)

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