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4 definitions found
 for garble
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Garble \Gar"ble\, n.
     1. Refuse; rubbish. [Obs.] --Wolcott.
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     2. pl. Impurities separated from spices, drugs, etc.; -- also
        called garblings.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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. cribellum, dim. of cribrum sieve, akin to
     cernere to separate, sift (cf. E. Discern); or perh. rather
     from Ar. gharb[=a]l, gharbil, sieve.]
     1. To sift or bolt, to separate the fine or valuable parts of
        from the coarse and useless parts, or from dros or dirt;
        as, to garble spices. [Obs.]
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     2. To pick out such parts of as may serve a purpose; to
        mutilate; to pervert; as, to garble a quotation; to garble
        an account.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  garble
      v 1: make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or
           story [syn: falsify, distort, garble, warp]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  117 Moby Thesaurus words for "garble":
     Aesopian language, Babel, Greek, adulterate, argot, babble,
     ball up, becloud, belie, bias, bollix up, burlesque, camouflage,
     cant, caricature, cipher, code, color, complicate, conceal,
     confound, confuse, contort, corrupt, cryptogram, disguise, distort,
     doctor, double Dutch, dress up, embellish, embroider, exaggerate,
     falsify, foul up, fudge, fumble, get one wrong, get wrong,
     gibberish, gift of tongues, gild, gloss, gloss over, glossolalia,
     gobbledygook, hide, jargon, jumble, make unintelligible, mangle,
     mask, misapply, misapprehend, miscite, miscolor, misconceive,
     misconstrue, misdeem, misdirect, misexplain, misexplicate,
     misexpound, misinterpret, misjudge, misquote, misread, misrender,
     misreport, misrepresent, misstate, mistake, misteach, mistranslate,
     misunderstand, misuse, mix up, muck up, muddle, mumble, mutilate,
     mutter, mystify, noise, obfuscate, obscure, overdraw, overstate,
     parody, pervert, pi, play hob with, riffle, scramble, screw up,
     secret language, shadow, shuffle, slang, slant, snafu, snarl up,
     squeeze, strain, strain the sense, titivate, torture, travesty,
     trick out, tumble, twist, twist the words, understate, varnish,
     warp, whitewash, wrench
  
  

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