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Multiple Meanings
cipher — as in:  a secret cipher

The message was written with a secret cipher.
a secret way to write a disguised message; or such a message; or the act of writing such a message; or a key used to disguise such a message

At one time, cipher frequently referenced the act of doing mathematical calculations or a person capable of such calculations. A comprehensive dictionary will describe other less common senses of cipher.
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