- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object), cod·ed, cod·ing.
verb (used without object), cod·ed, cod·ing.
Origin of code
Examples from the Web for code
Contemporary Examples of code
No wonder somebody using North Korean code staged a raid on Sony Pictures.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable
Gordon G. Chang
December 3, 2014
Turing conceived and built a computer, the forerunner of all digital computations, that cracked the code.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
This is at least better than the Code of Hammurabi, which considered the rape victim an adulteress.No Wonder Cosby's Keeping Quiet: He Could Still Be Prosecuted
November 23, 2014
The translation agency only advertises for girls with “no complexes”: code for being prepared to bed the client.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Many historians have leveled criticism at the Code, arguing that it was too conservative and supportive of the bourgeois.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
Historical Examples of code
It was part of a code no less binding because it was unwritten.Way of the Lawless
Morals stand for a code of observances; righteousness for a direction of the life.The Conquest of Fear
He tried to read, and took down the Chateauvillard code of dueling.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
He tried to read the signals, but they were in code, or in the Mercutian tongue, which was just as bad.Slaves of Mercury
The code he learned was to obey the strong and to oppress the weak.White Fang
Word Origin for code
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 series of instructions designed to be fed into a computer.