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code book

a book containing a list of code signals with their meanings, usually arranged alphabetically.
Origin of code book
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Do you go to the meeting, with the code-book as your only exhibit.

  • And, tearing open the envelope, he crossed the room and pulled down a code-book.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • "Not the cipher itself—at least not a code-book as the term is generally understood," explained the Under Secretary.

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
  • For a matter of ten minutes Thomson was busy with his pencil and the code-book.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Returning to his office he gave the code-book another careful inspection and confirmed his impression as to its being authentic.

  • What to say to a Prince who answered questions of legal right by: 'I am above the law, alter the petty phrase in your code-book.'

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • He smoothed Prescott's crumpled telegram and reached for his code-book.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • Then he replaced the code-book in the safe, which he carefully locked, and strolled towards the window.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The Chinese telegraph clerk quickly learns all the essential portion of the code-book by heart.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • When he went out I drew my code-book from my breeches-pocket and tossed it into the fire.

    The Maids of Paradise Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers

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