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color code

any system of marking or visual designation that uses specific colors for indicating or simplifying, as on a chart or map or in an industrial plant.


[kuhl-er-kohd] /ˈkʌl ərˌkoʊd/
verb (used with object), color-coded, color-coding.
to distinguish or classify with a color code.
Origin of color-code
1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But not one of the colonists had ventured to try to break the color code and learn what lay locked in those bands.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • The word signal, snap numbers, color code, and play name are part of the semiosis.

  • He ran over the color code in his mind and compared it with the memorized leads.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
  • By this time each joint of the latter has been numbered and given its color code.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley

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