To scramble is to move quickly in a disorganized fashion, like people running to get out of the rain. When you scramble a message, it can no longer be read.

Have you ever run somewhere, in a hurry, with no regard for how you looked? Then you scrambled. Quarterbacks scramble when they need to escape defenders trying to clobber them. A scramble is not graceful; people scramble when they want to get somewhere fast. Also, scrambling refers to altering a message so others can't read it. Putting a message into code is a type of scrambling. Scrambled messages are like scrambled eggs: all mixed up.

Definitions of scramble
  1. verb
    move hurriedly
    “The friend scrambled after them”
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
    synonyms: clamber, shin, shinny, skin, sputter, struggle
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    type of:
    move with difficulty, by grasping
  3. noun
    an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
    synonyms: scuffle
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    type of:
    battle, struggle
    an energetic attempt to achieve something
  4. noun
    rushing about hastily in an undignified way
    synonyms: scamper, scurry
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    type of:
    haste, hurry, rush, rushing
    the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
  5. verb
    bring into random order
    synonyms: jumble, throw together
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    throw together in a confused mass
    type of:
    disarray, disorder
    bring disorder to
  6. verb
    make unintelligible
    scramble the message so that nobody can understand it”
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    make intelligible
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  7. verb
    stir vigorously
    synonyms: beat
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    whip, whisk
    whip with or as if with a wire whisk
    make creamy by beating
    type of:
    agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex
    change the arrangement or position of
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