- 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 coded
Coded references to risqué and sexual matters were catnip to the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter.
Cynical politicians took advantage of this fact with coded, “dog whistle” language.Why Republicans Don't Get the Benefit of the Doubt on Race|Jamelle Bouie|March 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, would it have been better if the song wasn't so coded in heterosexual conceptions of marriage and fatherhood?
She initially worked in London, checking commercial codes and perusing the personal columns of The Times for coded spy messages.Week in Death: The Woman Who Cracked Hitler’s Codes|The Telegraph|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They then coded the examples to understand how the term was being used.The Court Case That Pivots on What ‘Corrupt’ Really Means|Lawrence Lessig|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Page numbers in round brackets are duplicates of regular page numbers occurring elsewhere, and have been coded accordingly.Mr. Punch on the Continong|Various
“It was miserable luck losing the coded message last night,” Dan complained.Dan Carter and the River Camp|Mildred A. Wirt
For example, all stage directions were indented the same amount from the left margin and coded as hanging paragraphs.Chains|Elizabeth Baker
There was one program that hadn't been coded into the machines yet.Meeting of the Board|Alan Edward Nourse
Such signals will be coded, so that the crews of aircraft can identify the wireless station.Flying the Atlantic in Sixteen Hours|Arthur Whitten Brown
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.