- 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
Related Words for codedsummarize, organize, condense, collect, catalogue, code, tabulate, classify, order, digest, arrange
Examples from the Web for coded
Contemporary Examples of coded
Coded references to risqué and sexual matters were catnip to the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter.When Broadway Musicals Were Dark And Subversive
December 16, 2014
Cynical politicians took advantage of this fact with coded, “dog whistle” language.Why Republicans Don't Get the Benefit of the Doubt on Race
March 17, 2014
Now, would it have been better if the song wasn't so coded in heterosexual conceptions of marriage and fatherhood?‘Free to Be…You and Me’ Did Not Emasculate Men
March 11, 2014
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
November 17, 2013
They then coded the examples to understand how the term was being used.The Court Case That Pivots on What ‘Corrupt’ Really Means
September 26, 2013
Historical Examples of coded
By the time they reached there, Jennie had her account written and coded.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Carefully, he spread the coded and sealed persona-tapes across the desk.We're Friends, Now
There was one program that hadn't been coded into the machines yet.Meeting of the Board
Alan Edward Nourse
Again Mannion coded and sent, received and translated, sent again.Greylorn
John Keith Laumer
You can understand the need of secrecy when our wires are coded.Ted Marsh on an Important Mission
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.