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code

noun \ ˈkōd \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of code

1 : a systematic statement of a body of law; especially : one given statutory force
2 : a system of principles or rules
  • moral code
3 a : a system of signals or symbols for communication
b : a system of symbols (such as letters or numbers) used to represent assigned and often secret meanings
5 : instructions for a computer (as within a piece of software)
  • writing code for a new app

codeless

play \ˈkōd-ləs\ adjective

Examples of code in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of code

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin caudex, codex trunk of a tree, document formed originally from wooden tablets

code Synonyms


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code

verb

Definition of code

coded; coding
transitive verb
: to put in or into the form or symbols of a code
intransitive verb
1 : to specify the genetic code
  • a gene that codes for a protein
2 : to create or edit computer code
  • She got a job coding for Google.

codable

play \ˈkō-də-bəl\ adjective

coder

noun

Examples of code in a Sentence

  1. The general sent a coded message.

  2. Each product has been coded.

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First Known Use of code

1815



CODE Defined for English Language Learners

code

noun

Definition of code for English Language Learners

  • : 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


code

verb

Definition of code for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CODE Defined for Kids

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code

noun \ ˈkōd \

Definition of code for Students

1 : a system of rules or principles
  • a code of conduct
2 : a system of signals or letters and symbols with special meanings used for sending messages
3 : a collection of laws
  • criminal code
5 : a set of instructions for a computer

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code

verb

Definition of code for Students

coded; coding
: to put in the form of a code

Medical Dictionary

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code

noun \ ˈkōd \

medical Definition of code


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code

verb

medical Definition of code

coded; coding
transitive verb
: to specify the genetic code for
  • an amino acid coded by a nucleotide sequence
intransitive verb
1 : to specify the genetic code
  • the DNA sequence of the gene that codes for that protein
  • —Gina B. Kolata
2 : to experience cardiac arrest or respiratory failure
  • They were taking her up to the operating room and she coded in the hallway. The resuscitation effort was heroic.
  • —Perri KlassDiscoverNovember 1986

Law Dictionary

code

noun

legal Definition of code

1 : a systematic compilation or revision of law or legal principles that is arranged especially by subject: as
a : one that contains the law of a specific jurisdiction or topic promulgated by legislative authority
  • U.S. Code
  • Code of Massachusetts Regulations
  • building code
— compare case law, digest, statute
b : one that serves as a model for legislation but is not itself a law
  • Model Penal Code
2 : a set of rules or regulations that is promulgated by a body (as a professional organization) and that regulates its industrial or professional practices
  • ABA Code of Professional Responsibility

Origin and Etymology of code

Old French, from Medieval Latin codex, from Latin caudex codex tree trunk, set of wood writing tablets, book



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