- 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 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
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
- 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 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 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.