noun \ˈkōd\

: a set of laws or regulations

: a set of ideas or rules about how to behave

: a set of letters, numbers, symbols, etc., that is used to secretly send messages to someone

Full Definition of CODE

:  a systematic statement of a body of law; especially :  one given statutory force
:  a system of principles or rules <moral code>
a :  a system of signals or symbols for communication
b :  a system of symbols (as letters or numbers) used to represent assigned and often secret meanings
:  a set of instructions for a computer
code·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of CODE

  1. Everyone in the organization has to follow its code of ethics.
  2. The army has a strict code of conduct.
  3. The enemy was unable to break the army's secret code.
  4. The message was sent in code.
  5. Every item in the store has a product code.
  6. Enter your security code to access the computer.
  7. Each employee is given a code number.
  8. He was hired to write programming code.

Origin of CODE

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin caudex, codex trunk of a tree, document formed originally from wooden tablets
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CODE



: to put (a message) into the form of a code so that it can be kept secret

: to mark (something) with a code so that it can be identified

: to change (information) into a set of letters, numbers, or symbols that can be read by a computer


Full Definition of CODE

transitive verb
:  to put in or into the form or symbols of a code
intransitive verb
:  to specify the genetic code <a gene that codes for a protein>
cod·able \ˈkō-də-bəl\ adjective
cod·er noun

Examples of CODE

  1. The general sent a coded message.
  2. Each product has been coded.

First Known Use of CODE



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