to translate (data or a message) from a code into the original language or form.
to extract meaning from (spoken or written symbols).
Television. to unscramble (an electronic signal) so as to provide a video picture for cable subscribers.
to work at decoding.
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How to use decode in a sentence
Meet Mo-DBRS, a setup that could fundamentally change how we decode the human brain.Want to Decode the Human Brain? There’s a New System for That, and It’s Pretty Wild | Shelly Fan | September 22, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Frequently, this delay is inherent to how TVs and soundbars decode audio.How to fix that annoying audio delay on your soundbar | Whitson Gordon | August 25, 2020 | Popular-Science
When that signal is sent to your TV or soundbar, the device has to decode the audio in order to play it over your speakers, and that process takes time.How to fix that annoying audio delay on your soundbar | Whitson Gordon | August 25, 2020 | Popular-Science
As long as you can decode the informational algorithms behind the organisms and their heritable material, you can incorporate those into your own kind of substrates.How Life Could Continue to Evolve - Issue 88: Love & Sex | Caleb Scharf | August 12, 2020 | Nautilus
The first series follows the work of scientists trying to decode extraterrestrial messages using high-end technology developed by- yes you guessed it – General Electric.Podcasts and internet marketing: Are you missing the boat? | Nasirabadi Reza | July 30, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
The next one will be to teach cells to decode the information.
This track is so confusing and multi-layered, it would take a team of Mensa members with Ph.D.s in Ebonics to decode.Miley Cyrus’s Craziest Lyrics From ‘Bangerz,’ Analyzed | Amy Zimmerman | October 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But she arguably did more than anyone to decode what was then the oldest written European language known to exist.Who Actually Cracked Linear B, the Ancient Code of the Mysterious Knossos Labyrinth? | Malcolm Jones | May 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He softened the rhetoric here and there, but if you decode his substantive words, he said nothing new.That Boehner Speech: Dragons Last Forever, But No So Little Speakers | Michael Tomasky | November 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hyde Park is partly in Paddington, a name which the authorities decode into “town of the children of Paeda”.Archaic England | Harold Bayley
Afraid for a moment that you'd be off before we could decode it.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front | R. Sidney Bowen
Also, he was hungry, and he did not hurry over his dinner in order to decode it.Walking Shadows | Alfred Noyes
She sets herself wearily to decode some sort of definite meaning out of Mother's elliptic style.Young People's Pride | Stephen Vincent Benet
The Secretary, whose business it was to decode the official telegrams, commenced his task with but languid interest.Lord Milner's Work in South Africa | W. Basil Worsfold
British Dictionary definitions for decode
to convert (a message, text, etc) from code into ordinary language
computing to convert (coded characters) from one form to another, as from binary-coded decimals to decimal numbers: Compare encode (def. 2)
electronics to convert (a coded electrical signal) into normal analogue components
to analyse and understand the construction of words and phrases, esp in a foreign language
- decoder, noun
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