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

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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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Research has shown that goats, highly social animals that congregate in herds, are sensitive to human facial expressions, and that their vocalizations encode information about their emotional states. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Goats May Be Able to Tell When Their Buddies Are Feeling Good or Baaad," 10 July 2019 In the first trials, patients received injections under their retina with a liquid that delivered healthy copies of the gene encoding the REP-1 protein to affected cells. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 The machine worked by entering letters on a typewriter-like keyboard and then encoding them through a series of rotors to a light board, which showed the coded equivalents. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Alan Turing, Condemned Code Breaker and Computer Visionary," 5 June 2019 One of the biggest drivers of change is how individuals and societies encode trust and privacy into the new machines. Paul Roehrig, Quartz, "The internet is broken. But we can’t just repair it—we need to rebuild it," 3 June 2019 Unicode is the global industry standard to encode and display fonts, including for Burmese and other local Myanmar languages. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Twitter’s fear of making hard decisions is killing it," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of encode

circa 1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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.

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