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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Cosmologists can probe this force through galactic clusters, whose distribution encodes the structure and history of the Universe. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "New Space Telescope Will Map the Universe in High-energy X-rays," 17 June 2019 Turing, of course, helped crack the encryption of the German Enigma machine, which sent encoded military messages during World War II. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Alan Turing Will Be the New Face on the £50 Note," 16 July 2019 Finite State, based in Columbus, Ohio, found that over half of the nearly 10,000 firmware images encoded into more than 500 variations of Huawei network-equipment devices tested by researchers contained at least one exploitable vulnerability. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Huawei Disputes U.S. Cyber Firm’s Findings of Flaws in Gear," 5 July 2019 With each neuron encoding a different aspect of a face, researchers were able to recreate the faces the monkeys saw by using signals from just 205 neurons with astonishing accuracy. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Unilever CEO Calls Out The 'Woke-Washers': RaceAhead," 21 June 2019 Only for certain types of measurements will Bob get the same value that Alice encoded in the qubits. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of encode

circa 1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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