|1.||See also genetic code a system of letters or symbols, and rules for their association by means of which information can be represented or communicated for reasons of secrecy, brevity, etc: binary code; Morse code|
|2.||a message in code|
|3.||a symbol used in a code|
|4.||a conventionalized set of principles, rules, or expectations: a code of behaviour|
|5.||a system of letters or digits used for identification or selection purposes|
|6.||to translate, transmit, or arrange into a code|
|[C14: from French, from Latin cōdex book, |
|code (kōd) Pronunciation Key
A series of instructions designed to be fed into a computer.
coden. The stuff that software writers write, either in source form or after translation by a compiler or assembler. Often used in opposition to "data", which is the stuff that code operates on. This is a mass noun, as in "How much code does it take to do a bubble sort?", or "The code is loaded at the high end of RAM." Anyone referring to software as "the software codes" is probably a newbie or a suit.
codesn. [scientific computing] Programs. This usage is common in people who hack supercomputers and heavy-duty number-crunching, rare to unknown elsewhere (if you say "codes" to hackers outside scientific computing, their first association is likely to be "and cyphers").
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