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[en-kohd] /ɛnˈkoʊd/
verb (used with object), encoded, encoding.
to convert (a message, information, etc.) into code.
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 encoding
  • Some prion diseases are caused by hereditary mutations in the gene encoding this protein.
  • Clever encoding and signal-processing algorithms can exorcise such ghosts.
  • First of all, let's review the difference between encoding and encryption.
  • When all video is digitized, encoding and tracking all the ads becomes a snap.
  • Our methods will find out details of the encoding genes without harming any frogs.
  • According to the report, diabetic mice and rats went into remission five days after receiving the insulin-encoding gene.
  • The encoding of the patterns takes the fewest bits possible with the ability to read off a unique pattern at each bit position.
  • Information is teleported from one ion to another by encoding quantum information onto the first ion.
  • The amygdala is the emotional center of the brain and has an influence over all stages of memory, from encoding to recollection.
  • These computer files are known as mp3 files, an audio encoding format.
British Dictionary definitions for encoding


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 encoding



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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encoding in Medicine

encoding en·cod·ing (ěn-kō'dĭng)
The first of three stages in the memory process, involving processes associated with receiving or registering stimuli through one or more of the senses and modifying that information.

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encoding 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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