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plaintext

[pleyn-tekst] /ˈpleɪnˌtɛkst/
noun
1.
the intelligible original message of a cryptogram, as opposed to the coded or enciphered version.
Also called clear text.
Compare cryptography.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; plain1 + text
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Examples from the web for plaintext
  • For example, a file encryption key exists in plaintext form only during actual encryption and/or decryption processing of a file.
  • Reading from left to right, you should be able to see the plaintext message.
  • Knowing how often letters are used can help you guess which cipher letter equals which plaintext letter.
  • Encryption transforms the plaintext data into an unreadable form, called ciphertext, using an encryption key.
  • plaintext may be encrypted several times and then decrypted the same number of times with the same key and result in plaintext.
  • Decryption is the process of converting the ciphertext back into plaintext.
plaintext in Technology

cryptography
A message before encryption or after decryption, i.e. in its usual form which anyone can read, as opposed to its encrypted form ("ciphertext").
(1995-05-10)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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