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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Code'

Code Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    code n
  1. a set of rules or principles or laws (especially written ones) [syn: codification]
  2. a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy
  3. (computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions [syn: computer code] v
  4. attach a code to; "Code the pieces with numbers so that you can identify them later"
  5. convert ordinary language into code; "We should encode the message for security reasons" [syn: encode, encipher, cipher, cypher, encrypt, inscribe, write in code] [ant: decode]
Code Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Code \Code\ (k[=o]d), n. [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. Note: 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; the naval code, a system of rules for making communications at sea means of signals. Code civil or Code Napoleon, a code enacted in France in 1803 and 1804, embodying the law of rights of persons and of property generally. --Abbot.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Code'

A code is a rule for converting a piece of information (for example, a letter, word, phrase, or gesture) into another form or representation (one sign into another sign), not necessarily of the same type.

In communications and information processing, encoding is the process by which information from a source is converted into symbols to be communicated. Decoding is the reverse process, converting these code symbols back into information understandable by a receiver.

One reason for coding is to enable communication in places where ordinary spoken or written language is difficult or impossible. For example, semaphore, where the configuration of flags held signaller or the arms of a semaphore tower encodes parts of the message, typically individual letters and numbers. Another person standing a great distance away can interpret the flags and reproduce the words sent.

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* History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it. - Carl Sandburg

* Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. - Larry Wall

* Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards -- the things we live by and teach our children -- are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. - Walt Disney

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Code Sample Sentences in News

  • Code enforcement fines discouraging repairs
    Eyesores have plagued Tampa Bay area neighborhoods for years. Now we're uncovering the plan to clean them up is, in some cases, actually making it worse. Read more on this news related to 'Code'
  • Alan Turing, code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, pardoned
    Alan Turing, a British code-breaker during World War II who was later subjected to chemical castration for homosexual activity, has received a royal pardon nearly 60 years after he committed suicide. Read more on this news related to 'Code'
  • New Criminal Code Book 2 now complete
    The Book 2 of the New Criminal Code is already complete after three years of work, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. Read more on this news related to 'Code'

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