- to translate (a coded message) into ordinary language
- to convert (data) by removing or reversing previously applied electronic code
transitive verbde·cod·ed, de·cod·ing, de·codes
- To convert from code into plaintext.
- To convert from a scrambled electronic signal into an interpretable one.
- To extract the underlying meaning from: decode a complex literary text.
- (cryptography) A product of decoding
- (computing) Output from a program or device used to interpret communication protocols
(third-person singular simple present decodes, present participle decoding, simple past and past participle decoded)
decode - Computer Definition
To reverse a previously used encoding process. Typically, binary data gets encoded so that the human eye can at least register it. Binary Data is encoded into a “readable” format so that it can be transmitted by text-based protocols such as SMTP (email) or HTTP (Web).