en·​code | \ in-ˈkōd How to pronounce encode (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Put your model on the catwalk It's widely accepted that memories are encoded in networks of neurons. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Why can’t I remember? Model may show how recall can fail," 24 Jan. 2020 Two theories attempt to explain how neurons encode information, the rate code model and the temporal code model. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain's Cells in Sync," 12 Aug. 2019 The genes encoding these enzymes were placed in a DNA construct that ensured they were produced at a high level. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers completely re-engineer yeast to make more biofuel," 20 Jan. 2020 Chains were the motif of the season, encoding the brand’s Double-F logo in oval formations. Washington Post, "Milan designers hybridize menswear for next fall/winter," 13 Jan. 2020 The filter won’t detect the same pattern in the data or encode the same feature map. Quanta Magazine, "An Idea From Physics Helps AI See in Higher Dimensions," 9 Jan. 2020 The many cores will make quick work of intensive tasks like encoding videos or crunching big data sets. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Chip Wars 2020: What AMD, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm Announced at CES," 7 Jan. 2020 That changed with the passage of Title IX that year, encoding equity in law. William Mcdonald, New York Times, "In a Year of Notable Deaths, a World of Women Who Shattered Ceilings," 26 Dec. 2019 In this case, the gene being silenced encodes an enzyme necessary to produce oxalate. Kate Sheridan, STAT, "Alnylam chalks up another win with phase 3 trial of a liver-disease drug," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of encode

circa 1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of encode was circa 1919

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“Encode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encode. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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- How to pronounce encode (audio) \
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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