encode

[en-kohd]

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

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

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 encoding

encode

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 encoding

encode

v.

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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Medicine definitions for encoding

encoding

[ĕn-kōdĭng]

n.

The first of three stages in the memory process, involving processes associated with receiving or registering stimuli through one or more of the senses and modifying that information.
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Science definitions for encoding

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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