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Definition of "garble" [gar•ble]

  • To mix up or distort to such an extent as to make misleading or incomprehensible: She garbled all the historical facts. (verb-transitive)
  • To scramble (a signal or message), as by erroneous encoding or faulty transmission. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To sort out; cull. (verb-transitive)
  • The act or an instance of garbling. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "garble" in a sentence
  • "In a series of Tweets, Michael -- who turns 50 on Sunday -- told his troubled daughter that estranged ex-wife Dina had to "put the 'garble' aside and get on the same page" and join them all in therapy."
  • "The unfortunate consequence for those on VoIP-enabled calls is what is referred to as latency, jitter and packet loss, and the resultant "garble" or dropped calls are quite annoying."
  • "Ray Gorman's response is the kind of garble you hear executives spout when they don't know what they're talking about, or simply trying to BS someone who doesn't know what's going on"