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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.] 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  garbled 
  adj  :  lacking  orderly  continuity;  "a  confused  set  of 
  instructions";  "a  confused  dream  about  the  end  of  the 
  world";  "disconnected  fragments  of  a  story";  "scattered 
  thoughts"  [syn:  {confused},  {disconnected},  {disjointed}, 
  {disordered},  {illogical},  {scattered},  {unconnected}] 




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