encode

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verb en·code \in-ˈkōd, en-\

Definition of encode

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to convert (something, such as a body of information) from one system of communication into another; especially :  to convert (a message) into codeb :  to convey symbolically the capacity of poetry to encode ideology — J. D. Niles

  3. 2 :  to specify the genetic code for

encoder

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Examples of encode in a Sentence

  1. Credit cards are encoded with cardholder information.

  2. a technology that encodes images

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First Known Use of encode

circa 1919


ENCODE Defined for English Language Learners

encode

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Definition of encode for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

encode

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transitive verb en·code \in-ˈkōd, en-\

Medical Definition of encode

encoded

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encoding

  1. :  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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