un-scramble

unscramble

[uhn-skram-buhl]
verb (used with object), unscrambled, unscrambling.
1.
to bring out of a scrambled condition; reduce to order or intelligibility.
2.
Also, descramble. to make (a scrambled radio or telephonic message) comprehensible by systematically tuning the receiver to the frequencies used in transmission. Compare decode ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1915–20; un-2 + scramble

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unscramble (ʌnˈskræmbəl)
 
vb
1.  to resolve from confusion or disorderliness
2.  to restore (a scrambled message) to an intelligible form
 
un'scrambler
 
n

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unscramble
"restore to order," 1923, from un- (2) + scramble (v.). The original notion probably is from the old retort about the impossibility of unscrambling eggs.
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