Translation of scramble in Spanish:


Pronunciation /ˈskramb(ə)l//ˈskræmbəl/


  • 1

    • 1.1(chaotic rush)

      several people were hurt in the scramble varias personas salieron lastimadas en el barullo / la confusión / la rebatiña
      • there was a scramble to complete all the work in time hubo grandes prisas para terminar el trabajo a tiempo
      • scramble for sth
      • there was a last-minute scramble for tickets a último momento hubo una rebatiña para conseguir entradas

    • 1.2(difficult climb)

      subida difícil feminine
      escalada difícil feminine
      • The next hour was a constant scramble through tangled trees, around in circles, and hiding behind bushes.

  • 2British

    carrera de motocross feminine
    • Speedway racing is not the only interest of the new club - members will go to scrambles and TT races.
    • In August 1988 planning permission was refused for the proposed use for a motor cycle scramble / motor cycle track for practice only.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(clamber)

      to scramble to one's feet (apresuradamente o con dificultad) ponerse de pie
      • I scrambled out of the wreckage salí como pude del vehículo siniestrado
      • we scrambled through the bushes nos abrimos paso con dificultad a través de los arbustos
      • he scrambled up the rocks subió las rocas gateando
      • It's worth scrambling into some of the tombs to see the finely marbled stone, ribbed and veined into extraordinary patterns by the forces of nature.
      • The children had been tossed around underwater but managed to get to their feet and scramble to higher ground.
      • The ground was rocky and Damian quickly scrambled over to Thera.
      • After falling awkwardly injuring her leg, she was unable to get to her feet and scramble back up the embankment to the path above.
      • Tripping and scrambling over the uneven ground, she fled blindly.
      • I gave chase with the others, scrambling over a steep ridge, mainlining adrenaline, wanting to see the cat run one more time.
      • We scrambled over some rocks and were soon looking down from about 60 feet onto the lagoons.
      • Then people began screaming again and pointing and we ran and scrambled up the hill.
      • You can also scramble over rocks, thanks to the shoe's rubber lug sole.
      • After scrambling up the steep banks and ploughing through the undergrowth with my boat in tow, I emerged bedraggled and muddy.
      • Hopping up quickly, she scrambled down the side of the rock to flat ground; smoothing the winkles of her dress.
      • Jameson scramble up the rock face and moved to a position where he could see the path.
      • Joe scrambled up the hill as the rockets blasted the grass below.
      • We take all morning to climb the steep ridge, scrambling over huge granite boulders, taking care not to dislodge stones, which might hit hikers below.
      • Without another moment's pause, Darien rushed forward, scrambling up the wall.
      • Pedestrians took their lives in their hands running the tree-lined gauntlet, forced to scramble up steep bankings if two vehicles met on the narrow stretch.
      • She broke down in tears as she relived her ordeal and told how she desperately tried to scramble up the steep banking and how she tried to fight off her attacker.
      • He scrambled up the hill with the vegetation catching and pulling at his clothes.
      • There were no flat landings and we all had to scramble up the steep bank pulling on ferns and trees.

    • 1.2to scramble for(struggle, compete)

      pelearse por
      andar a la rebatiña por
      the boys were scrambling for sweets los niños se peleaban por los caramelos
      • Shutting the operation down has left ISP Channel affiliates scrambling.
      • His family is struggling and scrambling to deal with not only the emotional issues but the financial impact as well.
      • She is scrambling to make up ground against her rivals.
      • They have taken over key positions there and are scrambling to devise a plan to salvage the business.
      • The media giant is pulling apart its empire as it scrambles to compete in a changed media world.
      • Most hospitals are scrambling like crazy to try to fill vacant positions.
      • This is a new benchmark for LCD production that competitors will have to scramble to emulate.
      • As a backlash against this silly move builds, the Greens are now scrambling to explain away the mess.
      • With a market downturn, firms are scrambling to sustain those billable hours and are rethinking how much they should pay their PMs, he says.
      • Our salespeople really had to scramble to maintain our position.
      • Under green flag racing, drivers are in fighting mode, scrambling for track position.
      • The Aggies have been far less competitive than they were last year and are scrambling to salvage something positive out of this season.
      • The lunchroom turned into a full-fledged panic as the students scrambled to find shelter.
      • The media bombard the public with calls for more government spending and eager politicians scramble to help in the spend-up.
      • The potential has international ad agencies scrambling for position.
      • The bell rang and I jumped before quickly scrambling to collect my books.
      • It is left now to the white collar worker to scramble for a position.
      • Three powerful recent blasts from three wholly different regions in space have left scientists scrambling.
      • The software sector lends itself to mergers and takeovers as firms scramble to keep pace with market changes and shifting demand.
      • It was investors looking for bargains who produced last week's momentum, not shorts scrambling to cover their positions.

  • 2

    Aviation Military
    (con urgencia) despegar
    the squadron was ready to scramble el escuadrón estaba listo para despegar / recibir la orden de despegue
    • The call was to let him know there were going to be jets scrambled after the aircraft.
    • A rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth was scrambled to aid lifeboat crews in the four-hour search.
    • Fighter jets and Blackhawk helicopters scrambled before the plane was identified and escorted to the Washington airport.
    • The aircraft are designed to scramble and intercept incoming enemy jets before they can pose a threat to the carriers.
    • Seven helicopters scrambled to join the rescue effort there.
    • True, fighters can scramble to a hot spot earlier than a cruiser, but what's the point in doing so when they get shot down by enemy cruisers in two seconds?
    • He replied that he had numerous reports and that the Air Force had scrambled jet fighters to attempt to catch them, but had failed to get close to them.
    • In Britain, Royal Air Force fighter planes scrambled today to escort a Greek jetliner to a London airport.
    • Jets and bombers scrambled again; the strikes would go on.
    • This leads to the question of why the air force failed to scramble its fighter jets as soon as it received news that four planes had been hijacked.
    • Fighter jets scramble too late to intercept a private plane flying very close to the White House.
    • If the plane is acting suspiciously, fighter jets could scramble to intercept.
    • They scrambled fighter interceptors because they were tracking strange objects on radar making all kinds of radical maneuvers.
    • The objects were also picked up by radar, prompting jet fighters to scramble to intercept.
    • RAF jets will patrol an air-exclusion zone while others will be ready for scrambling at the Leuchars air force base near St Andrews.
    • All twelve of Devil fighters scrambled and accelerated to top speed and engaged the puny defences of Sky Base Beta.
    • I think that there were serious errors in not notifying them in time, serious errors in terms of deciding which air bases were tasked with scrambling.
    • They will be forced to deploy their guards outside to try and hold you off while one of their squadrons scrambles from the spaceport.
    • The aeronautical rescue co-ordination centre at RAF Kinloss immediately scrambled a helicopter.
    • An RAF helicopter and a police spotter aircraft were scrambled, and 90 rescuers scoured the moor near Keld, County Durham.
    • German fighter planes scramble to intercept him but he lands safely.
    • The Ministry of Defence confirmed an RAF Tornado F3 fighter would have been scrambled if the plane had been hijacked.
    • Maj Martin said fighter jets had been scrambled 1,500 times since the September 11 attacks.
    • Fearing further action from Chinese military, the air force scrambled two IDF fighters to aid the Mirage jets.
    • We scrambled, but one plane had trouble and did not get off.
    • Fighter jets have been scrambled in the area and all three major metropolitan airports have been closed.
    • The Russian air force scrambled a fighter jet to intercept a Manchester-bound airliner that had strayed into its air space
    • Now, we've scrambled twelve aircraft, but I can't send them in without presidential authority.
    • An RAF rescue helicopter was scrambled from Chivenor in Devon and she was winched up from the beach and flown to Withybush hospital.
    • The Air Force scrambled interceptor aircraft to investigate, but they found nothing.
    • Six squadrons of Spitfires and Hurricanes are scrambled.
    • We scrambled in squadrons of 12 aircraft from Biggin Hill and climbed like crazy to get over the Germans so we could dive on them.
    • A Royal Navy Rescue Helicopter was scrambled as was the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Stornoway.
    • RAF helicopters were scrambled and the plane was greeted by armed police backed up by teams of firefighters and paramedics.
    • Police were dispatched to the scene and an RAF helicopter was scrambled to airlift him to Raigmore Hospital where he was being treated last night.
    • Fighter jets scrambled into the clear blue skies above the American capital.
    • Fighter jets scrambled and diverted the plane to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    • It proved unsuccessful as no enemy was encountered although Sabres were scrambled.

transitive verb

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    • 1.1(mix)

      let's scramble all the letters/numbers mezclemos las letras/los números
      • to scramble eggs hacer huevos revueltos
      • Indeed, time seems scrambled, moving fast and slow together.
      • I asked for that data under the Official Information Act, and I received a scrambled reply from the ministry that said I am allowed a briefing on it.
      • After scrambling her brain on joint custody, she has plunged into the maelstrom of superannuation rights for same sex couples.
      • I've spent a lot of time twisting the knobs, getting the mix almost right before going too far and scrambling the hues again.
      • Yes, I know I'm scrambling the metaphor, but it works for me so let's ignore it and move on.
      • She has a keen ear for the various mutations of hip-hop that fill clubs on both sides of the Atlantic, and she scrambles these styles in a way that sounds both fresh and inevitable.
      • His brain was scrambled, a mess of hash browns, but some twisted force kept him moving.
      • Two years ago he went there for the Seniors Open with his emotions scrambled.
      • It is a sometimes unfathomable loudness, so loud the brain just gives up on the ears, assuming the information they are sending is scrambled nonsense.
      • In the journey of life, those hours spent scrambling your memory for all you can remember about Shakespeare, sonnets and seismology marks an important milestone.
      • For a second or two, my brain was totally scrambled.
      • Determined to have their say before senility scrambled their wits, they would sit down in the afterglow of evening to bear witness to the nature of their times.
      • Ultimately, unless his fever was reduced with intravenous liquids, it would scramble his brain like eggs in a frying pan.
      • I'm going to work today so I won't be able to idle away hours scrambling my brain with these issues.
      • The study fuelling the latest claims about mobile phones scrambling the mind in fact shows nothing of the kind.
      • The film is not quite a confessional cry for help, but on some level it functions as scrambled autobiography.
      • We sat and watched the screen as it fizzed black and white shapes that during the course of the last three hours had scrambled my tiny mind.

    • 1.2

      (message) codificar
      (message) cifrar
      • A song will be scrambled, and downloaded simply as raw, unintelligible data.
      • The basis of conditional access technology rests on scrambling and descrambling the pictures on your screen.
      • If he can't meet members of the JTTF face-to-face, he talks to them on a secure telephone that scrambles his conversations.
      • All data in the payloads is scrambled, but framing bytes in the overhead consist of fixed data patterns and thus are not scrambled.
      • When we negotiate, our clients certainly want a program, which scrambles a signal so you can't copy it.
      • That could cause bits of information to disappear or become scrambled in transmission, and render the chip useless.
      • Voice data also arrives scrambled, but it's more complicated because of the real-time nature of VOIP.
      • Use a secure browser - software that encrypts or scrambles information you send over the Internet - to guard the security of your online transactions.
      • The scrambled data can only be unlocked with passwords that you determine.
      • What we don't know is if NSA is able to crack PGP messages scrambled using 1024 character codes.
      • He also said a weak signal could be scrambled and be undetected by another broadcaster.

  • 2

    (run/goal) hacer a duras penas
    a defender scrambled the ball away/back un defensa a duras penas despejó/devolvió la pelota
    • The ball is scrambled away for a throw.
    • Bath then captured 5-22 and must have been distraught when Bolton were able to scramble a two-wicket win off the final delivery.
    • But the ball also struck the far post and the Newry defence scrambled it clear.
    • A Harte free was dropped by Robbie Jameson before the Eadestown keeper recovered and scrambled the ball to safety.
    • Frotunately, the kick cracked the foot of the post and was scrambled away.
    • Gary Louth scrambled an early goal for Bentham and they got a fortunate second when a shot flipped up off a divot and the Grange keeper caught it but fell back over his line.
    • There are four new starters on an inexperienced line, so the team needs a quarterback who can scramble and react to the blitz.
    • He raced clear of the defence to scramble the ball past keeper Mark Cairns.
    • Then he had a shot which struck the post before being scrambled away by the visitors.
    • Udall then had to scramble the corner away under pressure from Brian Pennington.
    • Hoyne broke through, was bottled up before he scrambled a pass to Shefflin and he first-timed a low shot from close range.
    • He can scramble to avoid pressure and pick up yardage on the run, but he doesn't have a pro arm and is accurate in streaks.
    • Brad Johnson scrambles for 10 yards on third down to get the first down.
    • And he will have been delighted with the way his team kept battling to the end and came closest to scrambling a winner in both recent draws.
    • He went off on a weaving run before chipping through only for the ball to be scrambled clear.
    • Mercer, Lee Ashcroft and Foster then combined in a move that was scrambled away from the Telford line.
    • There was still a chance for Andy Kirk, but the ball was scrambled away.
    • I recall a game from my playing days with the Broncos when we were playing the Vikings in Minnesota and John Elway scrambled in the red zone.
    • He can scramble enough for his receivers to get open, and he can throw a tight pass in traffic.
    • Livingston were under the cosh, scrambling the ball clear twice in injury time, but held on desperately for points.
    • That fell to Basturk, who cottoned on to Sas' through ball only to see his header scrambled off the line by Omar Daf.
    • Three minutes later a mix-up in the Fenor goalmouth was penalised when Brian Canty appeared to get the final touch as the ball was scrambled to the net.
    • The midfielder's fiercely hit left wing cross was scrambled clear.
    • David Wetherall headed the cross for Watford's first corner which was scrambled away.
    • The young defender almost gave Thistle the lead as early as the sixth minute, but his header from a corner was scrambled clear by Gordon Russell.