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[en-kohd] /ɛnˈkoʊd/
verb (used with object), encoded, encoding.
to convert (a message, information, etc.) into code.
Origin of encode
1930-35; en-1 + code
Related forms
encodable, adjective
encodement, noun
encoder, noun
misencode, verb (used with object), misencoded, misencoding. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for encoded
  • If you're paying attention, there can be an awful lot of information encoded in a series of nose sniffs.
  • To get the encoded message, copy down the entire first row and append the entire second row.
  • With higher baud rates, more than one bit per second can be encoded in each of the frequency or voltage changes.
  • Researchers found that preferences for when people wake and go to sleep is encoded in their genes and the molecules of skin cells.
  • These encoded genes allow the bacterium to alter its cell wall structure to prevent the drug from causing any damage.
  • The tools of modern molecular genetics can help us read the history encoded there.
  • encoded in the world's longevity cultures are millennia of observed human experience.
  • Indifferent to our presence, the turtle was following an innate program encoded millions of years ago.
  • Wonderful in many ways, if the archivists can retrieve all the encoded data and make it available, but strange.
  • Even a message that is impregnably encoded by today's standards may be cracked in the future.
British Dictionary definitions for encoded


verb (transitive)
to convert (a message) from plain text into code
(computing) to convert (characters and symbols) into a digital form as a series of impulses Compare decode (sense 2)
to convert (an electrical signal) into a form suitable for transmission
to convert (a nerve signal) into a form that can be received by the brain
to use (a word, phrase, etc, esp of a foreign language) in the construction appropriate to it in that language
Derived Forms
encodement, noun
encoder, noun
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Word Origin and History for encoded



1919, from en- (1) "make, put in" + code. Computing sense is from 1955, usually shortened colloquially to code. Related: Encoded; encoding.

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encoded in Science
To specify the genetic code for the synthesis of a protein molecule or a part of a protein molecule.
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