Definition of encode
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
2 : to specify the genetic code for
Examples of encode in a Sentence
Credit cards are encoded with cardholder information.
a technology that encodes images
Recent Examples of encode from the Web
For example, bird nests are objects that are somehow encoded in the avian genome.
Right now, the Village of Barrington will hire someone to scan and encode documents, so they can be easily found for future use.
The disorder stems from an abnormality in a gene called ush1c, which encodes the proteins in the inner-ear hair cells.
Rivest picked an RSA key of 129 digits, encoded a message with it, and dared anyone to read it.
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First Known Use of 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 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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