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.

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What about cutting spending and making sure that our tax code is reasonable? ABC News, 6 June 2021 Prime Day 2021 started early for the Fire TV Stick 4K — just $29.99 with coupon code HELLOFTV! Yoni Heisler, BGR, 3 June 2021 By dramatically decreasing the state’s income tax and simplifying its tax code, the governor would help ensure Arizona’s future ideological and economic success. Victor Riches, National Review, 2 June 2021 As for their code of conduct, there is no partying or dating during their assignments. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 The plan, which faced legal opposition, allocated seats using students’ grades and their ZIP code, rather than an entrance exam. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 He might have been tempted to join them, Sprigman said, but his PIN code for logging into his state unemployment account did not work. Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, 28 May 2021 On-the-fly detection and repair of accessibility defects: These tools find defects in your code — like an image missing an alt attribute or a button missing a label — and remediate them in real time as a page loads. Forrester, Forbes, 27 May 2021 SentinelOne saw the group first using Apostle as a disk wiper, although a flaw in the malware prevented it from doing so, most likely because of a logic error in its code. Dan Goodin, Wired, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Founded in 2008, Stack Overflow is a question-and-answer website, primarily used by those learning how to code, or who want to share knowledge or collaborate with others. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 3 June 2021 Curious, the fourth grader began reading manuals and soon figured out how to code his own games. Kenrick Cai, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Google also created Flutter, a new software development kit that allows developers to code an app once and then release it on iPhone, Android — and, yes, Fuchsia — at once. Chris Smith, BGR, 25 May 2021 That’s when Dana wanders in, hoping Poppy will help her learn to code. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 14 May 2021 With changes to the home itself, were additions done to code and approved by the HOA? Dallas News, 13 May 2021 Buying a 100-plus-year-old home often comes with surprises, such as doorframes and corners no longer square and wiring not up to code. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 4 May 2021 Microsoft is using the power of GPT-3’s natural language AI to help people who don’t know how to code write their own software using Microsoft’s PowerApps development platform. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 25 May 2021 Understanding which selective pressures caused this adaptation and the preservation of the genes that code for it could help scientists understand what function dreaming serves for the central nervous system and why sleep is important at all. Sara Harrison, Wired, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of code was in the 14th century

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“Code.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/code. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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code

noun

English Language Learners Definition of code

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of code (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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, November 1986

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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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