[ bahr-kohd ]


  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. Universal Product Code.

verb (used with object)

, bar·cod·ed, bar·cod·ing.
  1. to put a barcode on.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of barcode1

First recorded in 1960–65; bar 1 (in the sense of “a band or strip”) + code

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Example Sentences

Shopic, an Israeli smart trolley company, also has a smaller piece of hardware that attaches to a cart, but the difference is it relies on a barcode scanner rather than computer vision.

When our customers got robots, they could take the hand scanner they already had today, scan a barcode and call a robot to them.

We assign ages to those barcode stripes using the geological timescale.

Some have additional features that will allow you to scan the barcode on packaged food to determine cook time automatically, LED touch screen panels, and moisture sensors to avoid drying out your meal.

Picture one of those barcode readers used at checkout lines in a grocery store, but bigger and with the silvery sheen and shape of a robot used to explore a foreign planet.

But it might also be a symbol, a barcode, or a red box containing the words “[Daily] Beast” in white lettering.

“I tend to be a moderate,” said Louis, 69, a barcode salesman from Long Island who declined to give his last name.


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