Enigma machine

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Enigma machine (plural Enigma machines)

  1. (historical) A small portable electro-mechanical rotor machine used to encrypt and decrypt secret messages, made famous by Germany in WWII.
  2. (figuratively) Something which decrypts or makes understandable something enigmatic.
    • 2004, New Yorker, 9 - 16 August 2004, page 37:
      No one needed an Enigma machine to figure out why Jimmy Carter was recalling his days aboard a nuclear submarine.