I. transitive verb (garbled; garbling) Etymology: Middle English garbelen, from Old Italian garbellare to sift, from Arabic gharbala, from Late Latin cribellare, from cribellum sieve; akin to Latin cernere to sift — more at certain Date: 15th century 1. archaic cull 1 2. to sift impurities from 3. a. to so alter or distort as to create a wrong impression or change the meaning <
garble a story
b. to introduce textual error into (a message) by inaccurate encipherment, transmission, or decipherment • garbler noun II. noun Date: 1502 1. the impurities removed from spices in sifting 2. an act or an instance of garbling

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  • Garble — Gar ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Garbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Garbling}.] [Formerly, to pick out, sort, OF. grabeler, for garbeler to examine precisely, garble spices, fr. LL. garbellare to sift; cf. Sp. garbillar to sift, garbillo a coarse sieve, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Garble — Gar ble, n. 1. Refuse; rubbish. [Obs.] Wolcott. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Impurities separated from spices, drugs, etc.; also called {garblings}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • garble — index cloak, falsify, misconstrue, misinterpret, misread Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • garble — (v.) early 15c., to inspect and remove refuse from (spices), from Anglo Fr. garbeler to sift (late 14c.), from M.L. and It. garbellare, from Arabic gharbala to sift and select spices, related to kirbal sieve, perhaps from L.L. cribellum, dim. of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • garble — *misrepresent, falsify, belie Analogous words: distort, contort, warp (see DEFORM): misinterpret, misconstrue (see affirmative verbs at EXPLAIN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • garble — [v] mix up, misrepresent belie, color, confuse, corrupt, distort, doctor, falsify, jumble, misinterpret, mislead, misquote, misstate, mutilate, obscure, pervert, slant, tamper with, twist, warp; concepts 59,63 Ant. decipher, order, pronounce,… …   New thesaurus

  • garble — ► VERB ▪ reproduce (a message or transmission) in a confused and distorted way. ► NOUN ▪ a garbled account or transmission. DERIVATIVES garbler noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «sift out, cleanse»: from an Arabic word meaning «sift» …   English terms dictionary

  • garble — [gär′bəl] vt. garbled, garbling [ME garbelen < It garbellare, to sift < garbello, a sieve < Ar gharbāl, earlier ghirbāl < LL cribellum, small sieve, dim. of L cribrum, a sieve, akin to cernere: see CRITIC] 1. a) Obs. to sort by… …   English World dictionary

  • garble — garbleable, adj. garbler, n. /gahr beuhl/, v., garbled, garbling, n. v.t. 1. to confuse unintentionally or ignorantly; jumble: to garble instructions. 2. to make unfair or misleading selections from or arrangement of (fact, statements, writings,… …   Universalium

  • garble — verb a) To pick out such parts of as may serve a purpose; to mutilate; to pervert; as, to garble a quotation; to garble an account. The editor garbled the story. b) To make false by mutilation or addition …   Wiktionary

  • garble — gar•ble [[t]ˈgɑr bəl[/t]] v. bled, bling, n. 1) to confuse unintentionally or ignorantly; jumble: to garble instructions[/ex] 2) to make misleading selections from or arrangement of (fact, statements, writings, etc.); distort: to garble a… …   From formal English to slang

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