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  1. (verb-intransitive) To move or climb hurriedly, especially on the hands and knees.
  2. (verb-intransitive) To struggle or contend frantically in order to get something: scrambled for the best seats.
  3. (verb-intransitive) To take off with all possible haste, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
  4. (verb-intransitive) Football To run around with the ball behind the line of scrimmage in order to avoid being tackled while searching for an open receiver.
  5. (verb-intransitive) Football To run forward with the ball when unable to complete an intended pass play. Used of a quarterback.
  6. (verb-transitive) To mix or throw together haphazardly.
  7. (verb-transitive) To gather together in a hurried or disorderly fashion.
  8. (verb-transitive) To cook (beaten eggs) until firm but with a soft consistency.
  9. (verb-transitive) Electronics To distort or garble (a signal) so as to render it unintelligible without a special receiver.
  10. (verb-transitive) To cause (aircraft) to take off as fast as possible, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
  11. (noun) The act or an instance of scrambling.
  12. (noun) An arduous hike or climb over rough terrain.
  13. (noun) An unceremonious scuffle or struggle.
  14. (noun) Sports See motocross.
  15. (noun) A swift takeoff of military aircraft in response to an alert or attack.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Redditer Niqalye posted this gem from a child on Reddit that gives a pretty disturbing answer to a word scramble about a goat. - Child's Word Scramble Answer Disturbing On Multiple Levels (PICTURE)
  2. She is concerned that in the competitive world of fundraising, charities driven by honourable motives feel under pressure to raise money as soon as a disaster strikes, in what she calls a "scramble for donor dollars". - BBC News - Home
  3. A label scramble followed, with suitors including rapper Jay-Z, before Maguire eventually signed to Universal Island for an undisclosed read: very large amount. - Evening Standard - Home
  4. And that means that the early-morning scramble is underway too. - Gretchen Rubin: 7 Tips for Keeping School Day Mornings Calm and Cheery
  5. In addition, traders say there was something of a feedback loop between commodities and currencies, where huge declines in prices of silver and oil went hand-in-hand with a short-term scramble to buy dollars. - Declining Dollar Gets a Reprieve


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