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[bahr-kohd] /ˈbɑrˌkoʊd/
noun
1.
a series of lines of varying width, printed, as on a container or product, that can be read by an optical scanner to determine charges for purchases, destinations for letters, etc.
verb (used with object), barcoded, barcoding.
2.
to put a barcode on.
Origin of barcode
1970-75; bar1 (in the sense of “a band or strip”) + code
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bar code

noun
1.
(commerce) a machine-readable arrangement of numbers and parallel lines of different widths printed on a package, which can be electronically scanned at a checkout to register the price of the goods and to activate computer stock-checking and reordering Also called Universal Product Code, UPC
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A series of parallel lines that can be read by an optical scanner and decoded by a computer into usable information. The ten-line Universal Product Code (UPC) on the packaging of retail items is an example of this. The key to this code is the variation in line thickness and separation.

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