- to translate (data or a message) from a code into the original language or form.
- to extract meaning from (spoken or written symbols).
- Television. to unscramble (an electronic signal) so as to provide a video picture for cable subscribers.
- to work at decoding.
Origin of decode
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Examples from the Web for decoding
The whys the wherefores, I think a lot of that is somehow a link from decoding texts, as they say in graduate school.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Beyond the far reaches of Google lies a web so “deep” even the FBI had difficulty busting drug trades and decoding usernames.Inside the Great Bitcoin Heist
February 18, 2014
Cryptography is the art of coding and decoding information between parties.A New Trove of NSA Documents Reveal What Spies Read for Fun
March 29, 2013
Decoding the laugh track of the CNN Debate in Arizona, featuring references to George Costanza and bogeyman Mike Dukakis.Tactical Humorist: Gingrich Referees, Romney Channels Costanza, Santorum on Dukakis
February 24, 2012
He stumbled on a broken street sign, decoding what was left of it, and considered.Victory
Lester del Rey
When he was staying with us he was for ever telegraphing, cabling to America, or decoding messages.The Secret House
They are decoding signalled and written messages, script of every kind.Women and War Work
Decoding is dependent on knowledge of language characteristics—characteristics of known languages.As Long As You Wish
The human genome project is now decoding the genetic mysteries of life.
- to convert (a message, text, etc) from code into ordinary language
- computing to convert (coded characters) from one form to another, as from binary-coded decimals to decimal numbersCompare encode (def. 2)
- electronics to convert (a coded electrical signal) into normal analogue components
- to analyse and understand the construction of words and phrases, esp in a foreign language
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Word Origin and History for decoding
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