bar code

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noun \ˈbär-ˌkōd\
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barcode

Definition of bar code

  1. :  a code consisting of a group of printed and variously patterned bars and spaces and sometimes numerals that is designed to be scanned and read into computer memory and that contains information (such as identification) about the object it labels

bar–coded

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bar coding

noun

1963

First Known Use of bar code

1963


BAR CODE Defined for English Language Learners

bar code

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Definition of bar code for English Language Learners

  • : a group of thick and thin lines that is placed on a product so that a computer can get the price of the product and other information about it


BAR CODE Defined for Kids

bar code

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Definition of bar code for Students

  1. :  a group of thick and thin lines placed on a product that represents computerized information about the product (as price)



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