- 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.
- 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 of codeOld 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
- 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.c. An access code.d. A special command, such as a sequence of keystrokes, that allows a user to activate a hidden or accidental feature in a computer program or video game.
- A system of symbols and rules used to represent instructions to a computer; a computer program.
- Genetics The genetic code.
- a. A systematically arranged and comprehensive collection of laws.b. A systematic collection of regulations or rules of procedure or conduct: a building code.
- Medicine Code blue.
- Slang A patient whose heart has stopped beating, as in cardiac arrest.
verbcod·ed, cod·ing, codes
- To convert (a message, for example) into code.
- To systematize and arrange (laws and regulations) into a code.
- To assign a code to (something) for identification or classification: coded each response to the survey by age and gender.
- To express or convey (words) in a manner that implies a different meaning: a novel that codes references to a character's sexuality in descriptions of clothing.
- Genetics a. To specify the genetic code for an amino acid or a polypeptide: a gene that codes for an enzyme.b. To specify the genetic code for a trait or characteristic: a gene that codes for red hair.
- Computers To write or revise a computer program.
- Slang To go into cardiac arrest.
Origin of codeMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin cōdex, book; see codex.
- A short symbol, often with little relation to the item it represents.
- This flavour of soup has been assigned the code WRT-9.
- A body of law, sanctioned by legislation, in which the rules of law to be specifically applied by the courts are set forth in systematic form; a compilation of laws by public authority; a digest.
- "The collection of laws made by the order of Justinian is sometimes called, by way of eminence, "The Code"." -Wharton
- Any system of principles, rules or regulations relating to one subject; as, the medical code, a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians; the naval code, a system of rules for making communications at sea means of signals.
- A set of rules for converting information into another form or representation.
- (cryptography) A cryptographic system using a codebook that converts words or phrases into codewords.
- (programming, uncountable) Instructions for a computer, written in a programming language; the input of a translator, an interpreter or a browser, namely: source code, machine code, bytecode.
- Object-oriented C++ code is easier to understand for a human than C code.
- I wrote some code to reformat text documents.
(third-person singular simple present codes, present participle coding, simple past and past participle coded)
- (computing) To write software programs.
- To categorise by assigning identifiers from a schedule, for example CPT coding for medical insurance purposes.
- (cryptography) To encode.
- We should code the messages we sent out on usenet.
- (medicine) Of a patient, to suffer a sudden medical emergency such as cardiac arrest.
- (genetics, intransitive) To encode a protein.
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 - 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.