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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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Examples from the web for color code
  • The government's five-color code alert system is going the way of cold war survival biscuits.
  • The rail system may seem complex, but the secret is knowing the color code of the line that stops nearest your destination.
  • There is a color code to food, meaning that if you pick the right color, there can be a nutritional payoff.
  • You'll learn the seat pitch and width, and you'll be able to instantly see which seats are the best based on a color code.

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