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Webster 1913 Edition


Code

Code

(kōd)
,
Noun.
[F., fr. L.
codex
,
caudex
, the stock or stem of a tree, a board or tablet of wood smeared over with wax, on which the ancients originally wrote; hence, a book, a writing.]
1.
A body of law, sanctioned by legislation, in which the rules of law to be specifically applied by the courts are set forth in systematic form; a compilation of laws by public authority; a digest.
☞ The collection of laws made by the order of Justinian is sometimes called, by way of eminence, “The Code” .
Wharton.
2.
Any system of rules or regulations relating to one subject;
as, the medical
code
, a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians
.
A system of rules for making communications at sea by means of signals has been referred to as the
naval code
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Code

CODE

, n.
1.
A collection of the laws and constitutions of the Roman emperors, made by order of Justinian, containing twelve books. The name is also given to other collections of Roman laws; as the Theodosian code. Hence in general,
2.
Any collection or digest of laws.

Definition 2021


Code

Code

See also: code and codé

German

Alternative forms

Noun

Code m (genitive Codes, plural Codes)

  1. (computing) code

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  • Binärcode m

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code

code

See also: Code and codé

English

Noun

code (countable and uncountable, plural codes)

  1. A short symbol, often with little relation to the item it represents.
    This flavour of soup has been assigned the code WRT-9.
  2. A body of law, sanctioned by legislation, in which the rules of law to be specifically applied by the courts are set forth in systematic form; a compilation of laws by public authority; a digest.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Francis Wharton
      The collection of laws made by the order of Justinian is sometimes called, by way of eminence, "The Code".
  3. Any system of principles, rules or regulations relating to one subject.
    The medical code is a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians.
    The naval code is a system of rules for making communications at sea by means of signals.
  4. A set of rules for converting information into another form or representation.
    1. By synecdoche: a codeword, code point, an encoded representation of a character, symbol, or other entity.
      The ASCII code of "A" is 65.
  5. A message represented by rules intended to conceal its meaning.
    • 2014 June 21, Magician’s brain”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8892:
      [Isaac Newton] was obsessed with alchemy. He spent hours copying alchemical recipes and trying to replicate them in his laboratory. He believed that the Bible contained numerological codes.
  6. (cryptography) A cryptographic system using a codebook that converts words or phrases into codewords.
  7. (programming, uncountable) Instructions for a computer, written in a programming language; the input of a translator, an interpreter or a browser, namely: source code, machine code, bytecode.
    Object-oriented C++ code is easier to understand for a human than C code.
    I wrote some code to reformat text documents.
    This HTML code may be placed on your web page.
  8. (linguistics) A particular lect or language variety.
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Verb

code (third-person singular simple present codes, present participle coding, simple past and past participle coded)

  1. (computing) To write software programs.
    I learned to code on an early home computer in the 1980s.
  2. To categorise by assigning identifiers from a schedule, for example CPT coding for medical insurance purposes.
  3. (cryptography) To encode.
    We should code the messages we sent out on Usenet.
  4. (genetics, intransitive) To encode a protein.
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Etymology 2

From code blue, a medical emergency

Verb

code (third-person singular simple present codes, present participle coding, simple past and past participle coded)

  1. (medicine) Of a patient, to suffer a sudden medical emergency (a code blue) such as cardiac arrest.
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Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

code c (plural codes, diminutive codetje n)

  1. code

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɔd/

Noun

code m (plural codes)

  1. code

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Friulian

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin cōda, variant of Latin cauda.

Noun

code f (plural codis)

  1. tail
  2. queue, line

Italian

Noun

code f

  1. plural of coda

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Old French

Etymology

From Latin cubitus

Noun

code m (oblique plural codes, nominative singular codes, nominative plural code)

  1. elbow

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Tarantino

Noun

code

  1. tail