code

noun
\ ˈkōd How to pronounce code (audio) \
plural codes

Definition of code

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a systematic statement of a body of law especially : one given statutory force
2 : a system of principles or rules moral code
3a : 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
c : 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 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 usually used with for 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 TisdaleThis quarter-century of Republican momentum was reversed finally by Bill Clinton, who called himself a "New Democrat," code for "not a liberal."— Joshua Muravchik
5 : instructions for a computer (as within a piece of software) writing code for a new app

code

verb
coded; coding

Definition of code (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

Other Words from code

Noun

codeless \ ˈkōd-​ləs How to pronounce code (audio) \ adjective

Verb

codable \ ˈkō-​də-​bəl How to pronounce code (audio) \ adjective
coder noun

Synonyms for code

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of code in a Sentence

Noun Everyone in the organization has to follow its code of ethics. The army has a strict code of conduct. The enemy was unable to break the army's secret code. The message was sent in code. Every item in the store has a product code. Enter your security code to access the computer. Each employee is given a code number. He was hired to write programming code. Verb The general sent a coded message. Each product has been coded. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is the North American Numbering Plan Administration’s universal vertical service code (VSC). Toby Grey, BGR, 21 Sep. 2022 Wood, who was raised running the rivers of the Colorado Plateau region, co-authored the company's code of conduct, which all clients are required to sign before getting on the company's boats. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 In other words, legal gun purchases won’t be blocked by this new merchant category code, or MCC. Matt Egan, CNN, 20 Sep. 2022 The first was the high-performance model equipped with the K-code hi-po 289-cubic-inch V-8, which made 271 horsepower at a lofty 6000 rpm. Car and Driver, 14 Sep. 2022 And according to zip-code level vaccination data, one area of Rockland County has a vaccination rate as low as 37 percent, with a couple of others in the 50s. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2022 The school code of conduct outlines consequences for disruptive behavior. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 13 Sep. 2022 When the Spanish company PharmaMar licensed it to Medimetriks, the U.S. firm testing it for psoriasis, all Medimetriks needed was the sequence data (basically, computer code). Olive Heffernan, Scientific American, 12 Sep. 2022 The logos were replaced by the drivers’ names and even controversial bar-code designs, or simply left blank. Elaine Yu, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Although a push to learn AR skills is not yet as ubiquitous as the tech industry’s learn to code mantra, the worthwhile ability can be a great creative outlet for beginners and a moneymaking endeavor for the more seasoned. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 18 Sep. 2022 The program involves students from kindergarten through eighth grade designing and building something that includes the students learning how to code a computer to run the device. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 The jobs felt wide of his passions, but the tech boom was a fine time to learn how to code and figure out how businesses work. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, 24 June 2022 Craig, who taught himself to code while serving in the U.S. Navy, was previously Target’s vice president of digital, my colleague Martin Giles reports. Vicky Valet, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Whether and how often a CTO should code depends on the stage of the company. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 As the footage shows, renovations included setting up proper plumbing and heat in a couple of the rooms upstairs, painting over old wallpaper, and, essentially bringing the house up to code just enough to pass an inspection. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 24 Aug. 2022 Security researcher Felix Krause recently discovered that the in-app browser in TikTok’s iOS app injects JavaScript code into every website users visit. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 Aug. 2022 Still, life was too short to code yourself into the grave. Sana Krasikov, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of code

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1815, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for code

Noun

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

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More Definitions for code

code

noun
\ ˈkōd How to pronounce code (audio) \

Kids Definition of code

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

code

verb
coded; coding

Kids Definition of code (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in the form of a code

code

noun
\ ˈkōd How to pronounce code (audio) \

Medical Definition of code

 (Entry 1 of 2)

code

verb
coded; coding

Medical Definition of code (Entry 2 of 2)

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 Klass, Discover

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

History and Etymology for code

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

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