- 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
- 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 sequence of biochemical molecular units that combine in certain specific ways, as in the genetic code
- a binary system for converting information, data, etc. into a form for use in computers, telecommunications, etc.
- a string of characters in such a system, constituting data, programming, etc.
Origin of codeOld French from Classical Latin codex (earlier caudex), wooden tablet for writing (hence, book: in LL(Ec), 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 k?u- from source hew
transitive verbcod′ed, cod′ing
- to put in the form or symbols of a code
- to put in a binary form, as for computer use