code

[ kohd ]
/ koʊd /

noun

verb (used with object), cod·ed, cod·ing.

verb (used without object), cod·ed, cod·ing.

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.

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Origin of code

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Anglo-French, Old French, from Latin cōdex “book”; see codex

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British Dictionary definitions for code

code
/ (kəʊd) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to translate, transmit, or arrange into a code

Word Origin for code

C14: from French, from Latin cōdex book, codex
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Scientific definitions for code

code
[ kōd ]

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.
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Cultural definitions for code

code

A series of instructions designed to be fed into a computer.

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