cipher (n.) Old form(s): Cypher, Cyphers
figure nought, nonentity, mere nothing
AYL III.ii.282[Orlando to Jaques, of Jaques' image] Which I take to be either a fool or a cipher
H5 I.chorus.17[Chorus, of the actors] ciphers to this great account
LLL I.ii.55[Mote to himself, of Armado] To prove you a cipher
MM II.ii.39[Angelo to Isabella] Mine were the very cipher of a function, / To fine the faults ... / And let go by the actor
WT I.ii.6[Polixenes to Leontes] like a cipher / Yet standing in rich place [i.e. a zero at the end of a number increases its value]
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