character code

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character code
computing a machine-readable code that identifies a specified character or a set of such codes

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Main Entry:  character code
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a binary code that represents natural language; a number used to represent a particular character; also called character encoding
Example:  In most operating systems today, character codes are represented by an 8-bit unit of data known as a byte.
Usage:  computing's 21st Century Lexicon
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