Code definition

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Any set of principles or rules of conduct.

A moral code.

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A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages.
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(computers) To write or revise a computer program.
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A set of signals representing letters or numerals, used to send messages, as by telegraph or flags.
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To assign a code to (something) for identification or classification.

Coded each response to the survey by age and gender.

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To assign a code to something for identification or classification.
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(genetics) The genetic code.
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(genetics) The genetic code.
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(cryptography) A cryptographic system using a codebook that converts words or phrases into codewords.
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To convert (a message, for example) into code.
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A body of laws, as of a nation or city, organized for easy reference.
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(slang) A patient whose heart has stopped beating, as in cardiac arrest.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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A systematized collection of regulations, rules, or statutes of a particular jurisdiction. See also Code of Federal Regulations and United States Code.
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A set of rules for converting information into another form or representation.
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(computing) To write software programs.

I learned to code on an early home computer in the 1980s.

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To categorise by assigning identifiers from a schedule, for example CPT coding for medical insurance purposes.
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(cryptography) To encode.

We should code the messages we sent out on Usenet.

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A system of symbols and rules used to represent instructions to a computer; a computer program.
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To systematize and arrange (laws and regulations) into a code.
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To put in the form or symbols of a code.
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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.
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An access code.
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To put in a binary form, as for computer use.
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(medicine) Code blue.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A short symbol, often with little relation to the item it represents.

This flavour of soup has been assigned the code WRT-9.

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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.
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(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.
  • By synecdoche: any piece of a program, of a document or something else written in a computer language.
    This HTML code may be placed on your web page.

Object-oriented C++ code is easier to understand for a human than C code.

I wrote some code to reformat text documents.

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(medicine) Of a patient, to suffer a sudden medical emergency such as cardiac arrest.
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(genetics, intransitive) To encode a protein.
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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 .
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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.

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A system of symbols, letters, or words given certain arbitrary meanings, used for transmitting messages requiring secrecy or brevity.
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A systematically arranged and comprehensive collection of laws.
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A system of symbols used as in secret writing or information processing, in which letters, figures, etc. are arbitrarily given certain meanings.
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The symbols in such a system.
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(medicine) Code blue.
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(slang) A patient whose heart has stopped beating, as in cardiac arrest.
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A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages.
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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.
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A systematic collection of regulations or rules of procedure or conduct.

A building code.

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(slang) To go into cardiac arrest.
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To specify the genetic code for an amino acid or a polypeptide.

A gene that codes for an enzyme.

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To specify the genetic code for a trait or characteristic.

A gene that codes for red hair.

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A sequence of biochemical molecular units that combine in certain specific ways, as in the genetic code.
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A binary system for converting information, data, etc. into a form for use in computers, telecommunications, etc.
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A string of characters in such a system, constituting data, programming, etc.
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(slang) To go into cardiac arrest.
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To specify the genetic code for an amino acid or a polypeptide.

A gene that codes for an enzyme.

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To specify the genetic code for a trait or characteristic.

A gene that codes for red hair.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
code
Plural:
codes

Origin of code

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin cōdex book codex

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French code (“system of law”), from Latin codex, later form of caudex (“the stock or stem of a tree, a board or tablet of wood smeared over with wax, on which the ancients originally wrote; hence, a book, a writing.”).

    From Wiktionary