en·​code | \ in-ˈkōd , en-\
encoded; encoding; encodes

Definition of encode

transitive verb

1a : to convert (something, such as a body of information) from one system of communication into another especially : to convert (a message) into code
b : to convey symbolically the capacity of poetry to encode ideology— J. D. Niles
2 : to specify the genetic code for

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Other Words from encode

encoder noun

Examples of encode in a Sentence

Credit cards are encoded with cardholder information. a technology that encodes images

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Motion is getting color correction and grading features along with some new filters, and Compressor is moving to a 64-bit engine for encoding high-resolution, high frame rate videos. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Apple adds third-party app integration to Final Cut Pro X," 15 Nov. 2018 Quantum computers encode data into quantum mechanical effects of the kind that perplexed Albert Einstein and other physicists in the early 20th century, to create qubits. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Google, Alibaba Spar Over Timeline for 'Quantum Supremacy'," 19 May 2018 Scary numbers and good news Of those carbapenem-resistant isolates, 1,205 (84.5 percent) defeated the last-resort antibiotic by encoding the common carbapenemase, dubbed KPC, short for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Nightmare” superbugs continue to lurk in US, but control efforts working," 4 Apr. 2018 Unlike other wireless chargers, the Pixel Stand is smart and can identify and recognize your specific Pixel 3 phone through an invisible handshake encoded in the very rhythm of the wireless charging patterns. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google's 'Pixel Stand' Might Finally Make You Buy a Wireless Charger," 9 Oct. 2018 Image: Apple Today’s update also brings some new features to Motion, Final Cut’s motion graphics companion app, and Compressor, for encoding videos. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Apple adds third-party app integration to Final Cut Pro X," 15 Nov. 2018 And, at least in rats, those egocentric viewpoints get encoded into long term memories. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Collating memories of what happened based on where it happened," 25 Nov. 2018 When data is encoded into effects like those, some normal limitations on conventional computers fall away. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "It’s Time You Learned About Quantum Computing," 25 June 2018 As for the Handbrake test, not much changed there with the test PC re-encoding a 3.8GB HD MKV file in one hour and 15 minutes. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Bitdefender Total Security 2019 review: This AV suite builds a better autopilot," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of encode

circa 1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of encode

: to put (a message) into the form of a code so that it can kept secret
: to put information in the form of a code on (something)
: to change (information) into a set of letters, numbers, or symbols that can be read by a computer
en·​code | \ in-ˈkōd, en- \
encoded; encoding

Medical Definition of encode

: to specify the genetic code for each nucleotide triplet or codon on the mRNA chain encodes a specific amino acid— J. E. Darnell, Jr.

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