- The definition of a code is a set of rules or a system of communication, often with randomly assigned numbers and letters given specific meanings.
- An example of code is the state's vehicle laws.
- An example of code is a made up language that two children use to speak to each other.
- Code means to create a message with randomly assigned numbers and letters.
An example of code is to discover the secret meaning of a coded alphabet.
code definition by Webster's New World
- a body of laws, as of a nation or city, organized for easy reference
- any set of principles or rules of conduct: a moral code
- a set of signals representing letters or numerals, used to send messages, as by telegraph or flags
- genetic code
- a system of symbols used as in secret writing or information processing, in which letters, figures, etc. are arbitrarily given certain meanings
- the symbols in such a system
- a binary system for converting information, data, etc. into a form for use in computers, telecommunications, etc.
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin codex (earlier caudex), wooden tablet for writing (hence, book: in Ecclesiastical Late Latin code of laws), origin, originally , tree trunk, wood split into tablets, probably ; from cudere, an unverified form caudere, to strike ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kāu- from source hew
- coder noun
code definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A systematically arranged and comprehensive collection of laws.
- A systematic collection of regulations and rules of procedure or conduct: a traffic code.
- a. A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages.b. A system of symbols, letters, or words given certain arbitrary meanings, used for transmitting messages requiring secrecy or brevity.
- A system of symbols and rules used to represent instructions to a computer; a computer program.
- Genetics The genetic code.
- Slang A patient whose heart has stopped beating, as in cardiac arrest.
- To systematize and arrange (laws and regulations) into a code.
- To convert (a message, for example) into code.
- Genetics To specify the genetic code for an amino acid or a polypeptide.
- Computer Science To write or revise a computer program.
- Slang To go into cardiac arrest.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōdex, book; see codex.
code - Ologies & -Isms Definition
code - Business Definition
code - Computer Definition
- Program instructions, i.e., instructions that comprise programs that computers execute in order to perform processes. Source code comprises human readable instructions written in a programming language. Source code is compiled or converted into machine code, i.e., machine language, which is a set of numerical instructions that a computer can read and execute.
- A set of rules or conventions that clearly specifies the manner for representing data in symbolic form. A code that intentionally conceals the information for security purposes is known as a cipher.
- A system of symbols that provides information about something, like a postal code, a telephone country code or area code, or an Internet Protocol (IP) country code.
- A system by which some combination of bits is used within a computer and between computers to represent a character or symbol, such as a letter, number, punctuation mark, or control character. See also code set.
(2) Any representation of one set of data for another. For example, a parts code is an abbreviated name of a product, product type or category. A discount code is a percentage.
code - Cultural Definition
A series of instructions designed to be fed into a computer.
code - Legal Definition
- A systematized collection of regulations, rules, or statutes of a particular jurisdiction. See also Code of Federal Regulations and United States Code.
- A systematized collection of all statutes, or a single comprehensive statute, dealing with one area of the law. See also Bankruptcy Code, Uniform Consumer Credit Code, and Uniform Commercial Code.
code - Science Definition
- A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages.
- The instructions in a computer program. Instructions written by a programmer in a programming language are often called source code. Instructions that have been converted into machine language that the computer understands are called machine code or executable code. See also programming language.