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 No matter the name on the jersey, there is a tendency for self-destruction and, at times, for sheer, bloody-minded stupidity encoded deep in the DNA of the club. Rory Smith, New York Times, "At Arsenal, Rewriting the Story May Take a Bit More Time," 1 Sep. 2019 There are three fundamental elements needed: a tape that encodes the computation; a controller to determine what action to take next based on the current state of play; and a read/write head under the control of the controller. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "It’s possible to build a Turing machine within Magic: The Gathering," 23 June 2019 Inside the capsule is a single strand of ribonucleic acid, or RNA, that encodes the genetic information to make new virus particles. Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation, "A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2006, Google started adding emojis to its products, and several Google employees (including Davis, who works there) put together a proposal that asked Unicode to encode emojis. Sophie Haigney, The New Yorker, "Should There Be an Emoji for Everything?," 22 July 2019 To encode that, the brain has to do something less direct. Jordana Cepelewicz, WIRED, "How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order," 17 Feb. 2019 To encode that, the brain has to do something less direct. Quanta Magazine, "How the Brain Creates a Timeline of the Past," 12 Feb. 2019 Add a third slit for a photon to traverse, and the result is a qutrit—a quantum system defined by the superposition of three states in which a photon’s path effectively encodes information. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "“Qutrit” Experiments Are a First in Quantum Teleportation," 6 Aug. 2019 It was enacted to limit presidential power by further defining it and encoding congressional oversight. Shannon Pettypiece, NBC News, "Trump arrives at G-7 summit fixated on trade war," 24 Aug. 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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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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