: a systematic statement of a body of law;
: one given statutory force
: a system of principles or rules
: a system of signals or symbols for communication
: a system of symbols (such as letters or numbers) used to represent assigned and often secret meanings
: coded language : a word or phrase chosen in place of another word or phrase in order to communicate an attitude or meaning without stating it explicitly
—usually used with for
- The strategy also appealed to blue-collar workers in the Northeast and Northwest who were opposed to "forced bussing." This was expressed in code as favoring "law and order" and opposing "crime in the streets."
- —Elizabeth Drew
- I hear the word "development" a lot in public speech; politicians and activists use it as code for a lot of things—jobs, health care, a change in leadership.
- —Sallie Tisdale
- This quarter-century of Republican momentum was reversed finally by Bill Clinton, who called himself a "New Democrat," code for "not a liberal."
- —Joshua Muravchik
: instructions for a computer (as within a piece of software)
- writing code for a new app