- a system for communication by telegraph, heliograph, etc., in which long and short sounds, light flashes, etc., are used to symbolize the content of a message: Morse code.
- a system used for brevity or secrecy of communication, in which arbitrarily chosen words, letters, or symbols are assigned definite meanings.
- any set of standards set forth and enforced by a local government agency for the protection of public safety, health, etc., as in the structural safety of buildings (building code), health requirements for plumbing, ventilation, etc. (sanitary code or health code), and the specifications for fire escapes or exits (fire code).
- a systematically arranged collection or compendium of laws, rules, or regulations.
- any authoritative, general, systematic, and written statement of the legal rules and principles applicable in a given legal order to one or more broad areas of life.
- a word, letter, number, or other symbol used in a code system to mark, represent, or identify something: The code on the label shows the date of manufacture.
- Digital Technology.
- a set of symbols that can be interpreted by a computer or piece of software: binary code; Java code; ASCII code.
- the symbolic arrangement of statements or instructions in a computer program, or the set of instructions in such a program: That program took 3000 lines of code.
- any system or collection of rules and regulations: a gentleman's code of behavior.
- Medicine/Medical. a directive or alert to a hospital team assigned to emergency resuscitation of patients.
- Genetics. genetic code.
- the system of rules shared by the participants in an act of communication, making possible the transmission and interpretation of messages.
- (in sociolinguistic theory) one of two distinct styles of language use that differ in degree of explicitness and are sometimes thought to be correlated with differences in social class.Compare elaborated code, restricted code.
- to translate (a message) into a code; encode.
- to categorize or identify by assigning a code to: All specimens were coded prior to the test.
- to arrange or enter (laws or statutes) in a code.
- Digital Technology. to write code for (a computer program or application) (often followed by up): Hire a programmer to code up a website for you.
- Genetics. to specify the amino acid sequence of a protein by the sequence of nucleotides comprising the gene for that protein: a gene that codes for the production of insulin.
- Digital Technology. to write computer code.
Origin of code
Examples from the Web for coded
Coded references to risqué and sexual matters were catnip to the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter.When Broadway Musicals Were Dark And Subversive
December 16, 2014
Cynical politicians took advantage of this fact with coded, “dog whistle” language.Why Republicans Don't Get the Benefit of the Doubt on Race
March 17, 2014
Now, would it have been better if the song wasn't so coded in heterosexual conceptions of marriage and fatherhood?‘Free to Be…You and Me’ Did Not Emasculate Men
March 11, 2014
She initially worked in London, checking commercial codes and perusing the personal columns of The Times for coded spy messages.Week in Death: The Woman Who Cracked Hitler’s Codes
November 17, 2013
They then coded the examples to understand how the term was being used.The Court Case That Pivots on What ‘Corrupt’ Really Means
September 26, 2013
By the time they reached there, Jennie had her account written and coded.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Carefully, he spread the coded and sealed persona-tapes across the desk.We're Friends, Now
There was one program that hadn't been coded into the machines yet.Meeting of the Board
Alan Edward Nourse
Again Mannion coded and sent, received and translated, sent again.Greylorn
John Keith Laumer
You can understand the need of secrecy when our wires are coded.Ted Marsh on an Important Mission</p>
- a system of letters or symbols, and rules for their association by means of which information can be represented or communicated for reasons of secrecy, brevity, etcbinary code; Morse code See also genetic code
- a message in code
- a symbol used in a code
- a conventionalized set of principles, rules, or expectationsa code of behaviour
- a system of letters or digits used for identification or selection purposes
- to translate, transmit, or arrange into a code
Word Origin and History for coded
c.1300, "systematic compilation of laws," from Old French code "system of laws, law-book" (13c.), from Latin codex, earlier caudex "book, book of laws," literally "tree trunk," hence, book made up of wooden tablets covered with wax for writing. Meaning "cipher" (the sense in secret code) is from 1808.
1815, from code (n.). Specifically in the computer sense from 1947. Related: Coded; coding.
- A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages.
- The instructions in a computer program. Instructions written by a programmer in a programming language are often called source code. Instructions that have been converted into machine language that the computer understands are called machine code or executable code. See also programming language.
A series of instructions designed to be fed into a computer.