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code

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noun \ˈkōd\

Simple Definition of code

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  a systematic statement of a body of law; especially :  one given statutory force

  2. 2 :  a system of principles or rules <moral code>

  3. 3 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

  4. 4 :  genetic code

  5. 5 :  a set of instructions for a computer

code·less play \-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


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code

verb

Simple Definition of 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

cod·edcod·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put in or into the form or symbols of a code

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to specify the genetic code <a gene that codes for a protein>

cod·able play \ˈkō-də-bəl\ adjective
cod·er noun

Examples of code

  1. The general sent a coded message.

  2. Each product has been coded.



1815

First Known Use of code

1815




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