Some of Secrest's theories are iffy—she claims the gaunt women of his portraits must be coded consumptives.
coded references to risqué and sexual matters were catnip to the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter.
As always, our conversations were brief and coded in messages, especially when he knew I was in Mexico.
c.1300, "systematic compilation of laws," from Old French code "system of laws, law-book" (13c.), from Latin codex, earlier caudex "book, book of laws," literally "tree trunk," hence, book made up of wooden tablets covered with wax for writing. Meaning "cipher" (the sense in secret code) is from 1808.
1815, from code (n.). Specifically in the computer sense from 1947. Related: Coded; coding.
A series of instructions designed to be fed into a computer.