[ en-kohd ]
/ ɛnˈkoʊd /

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

to convert (a message, information, etc.) into code.

Nearby words

  1. enclosed,
  2. enclosed order,
  3. enclosure,
  4. enclosure act,
  5. enclothe,
  6. encoding,
  7. encoignure,
  8. encolpion,
  9. encomiast,
  10. encomienda

Origin of encode

First recorded in 1930–35; en-1 + code

Related formsen·cod·a·ble, adjectiveen·code·ment, nounen·cod·er, nounmis·en·code, verb (used with object), mis·en·cod·ed, mis·en·cod·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for encode


/ (ɪnˈkəʊd) /

verb (tr)

to convert (a message) from plain text into code
computing to convert (characters and symbols) into a digital form as a series of impulsesCompare decode (def. 2)
to convert (an electrical signal) into a form suitable for transmission
to convert (a nerve signal) into a form that can be received by the brain
to use (a word, phrase, etc, esp of a foreign language) in the construction appropriate to it in that language
Derived Formsencodement, nounencoder, noun

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Word Origin and History for encode



1919, from en- (1) "make, put in" + code. Computing sense is from 1955, usually shortened colloquially to code. Related: Encoded; encoding.

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Science definitions for encode


[ ĕn-kōd ]

To specify the genetic code for the synthesis of a protein molecule or a part of a protein molecule.
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