encode

verb
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

Keep scrolling for more

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

At the heart of the matter is the qubit, a quantum object that is used to encode information. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "New form of qubit control may yield longer computation times," 25 Jan. 2018 The video is encoded and encrypted, then sent across distributed redundant circuits. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "With Saab's Remote Towers, Air Traffic Controllers Could Work From Anywhere," 23 Mar. 2016 The site provides what are called two-line element sets, or TLEs, that encode the position and probable movement of an object in orbit. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Declassifying Lots of Info About What's in Orbit," 13 Dec. 2018 The goal of the editing was to damage the CCR5 gene, which encodes a protein that HIV uses to enter cells during infection. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists, ethicists slam decisions behind gene-edited twins," 30 Nov. 2018 The researchers wanted to identify genes that encode a protein and those that don’t but still serve an important role in cells. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate," 19 June 2018 Wolkow’s team has developed a circuit design that encodes information in the atoms’ patterns. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Scientists Are Using AI to Painstakingly Assemble Single Atoms," 23 May 2018 When a gene is translated into a protein, its DNA is read using a code where three of the bases in DNA encode one of the amino acids in a protein. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists, ethicists slam decisions behind gene-edited twins," 30 Nov. 2018 One finding is that the koala has an unusual number of genes that encode for enzymes that can break down toxins in leaves. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "Koala genome shows how the adorable marsupial lives on eucalyptus leaves," 2 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'encode.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of encode

circa 1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about encode

Statistics for encode

Last Updated

18 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for encode

The first known use of encode was circa 1919

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for encode

encode

verb

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on encode

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with encode

Spanish Central: Translation of encode

Nglish: Translation of encode for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of encode for Arabic Speakers

Comments on encode

What made you want to look up encode? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!