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encode

[en-kohd] /ɛnˈkoʊd/
verb (used with object), encoded, encoding.
1.
to convert (a message, information, etc.) into code.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; en-1 + code
Related forms
encodable, adjective
encodement, noun
encoder, noun
misencode, verb (used with object), misencoded, misencoding.
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British Dictionary definitions for encoder

encode

/ɪnˈkəʊd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to convert (a message) from plain text into code
2.
(computing) to convert (characters and symbols) into a digital form as a series of impulses Compare decode (sense 2)
3.
to convert (an electrical signal) into a form suitable for transmission
4.
to convert (a nerve signal) into a form that can be received by the brain
5.
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 encoder

encode

v.

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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encoder in Science
encode
  (ěn-kōd')   
To specify the genetic code for the synthesis of a protein molecule or a part of a protein molecule.
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encoder in Technology


1. Any program, circuit or algorithm which encodes.
Example usages: "MPEG encoder", "NTSC encoder", "RealAudio encoder".
2. A sensor or transducer for converting rotary motion or position to a series of electronic pulses.
(1997-03-04)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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