verb (used with object), un·scram·bled, un·scram·bling.
- to bring out of a scrambled condition; reduce to order or intelligibility.
- 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).
- to resolve from confusion or disorderliness
- to restore (a scrambled message) to an intelligible form
v.“restore to order,” 1923, from un- (2) + scramble (v.). The original notion probably is from the old retort about the impossibility of unscrambling eggs. Related: Unscrambled; unscrambling.