nounalso bar code
- A series of vertical bars of varying widths, in which each of the digits zero through nine are represented by a different pattern of bars that can be read by a laser scanner. The bars are commonly found on consumer products and are used especially for inventory control.
- A DNA barcode.
- bar·cod·ed, bar·cod·ing, bar·codes To provide or mark (an item) with a barcode.
- To DNA barcode.
barcode - Computer Definition
The printed code used for recognition by a barcode scanner (barcode reader). The "bar" in barcode comes from the ubiquitous, one-dimensional (1D) UPC barcode found on countless product packages. Several two-dimensional (2D) barcodes are also in wide use, but they are not as bar-like as the UPC. The 2D codes are scanned horizontally and vertically and hold considerably more data. All the 2D examples below contain the same data: the URL for www.computerlanguage.com. See barcode scanner, mobile tagging, point of sale and AIM. Contrast with RFID.