• (RP) IPA: /kəʊd/
  • (America) IPA: /koʊd/


  1. A short symbol, often with little relation to the item it represents.
    This flavour of soup has been assigned the code WRT-9.
  2. A body of law, sanctioned by legislation, in which the rules of law to be specifically applied by the courts are set forth in systematic form; a compilation of laws by public authority; a digest.
    • The collection of laws made by the order of Justinian is sometimes called, by way of eminence, "The Code".
  3. Any system of principles, rules or regulations relating to one subject.
    The medical code is a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians.
    The naval code is a system of rules for making communications at sea by means of signals.
  4. A set of rules for converting information into another form or representation.
    1. By synecdoche: a codeword, code point, an encoded representation of a character, symbol, or other entity.
      The ASCII code of "A" is 65.
  5. A message represented by rules intended to conceal its meaning.
  6. (cryptography) A cryptographic system using a codebook that converts words or phrases into codewords.
  7. (programming, uncountable) Instructions for a computer, written in a programming language; the input of a translator, an interpreter or a browser, namely: source code, machine code, bytecode.
    Object-oriented C++ code is easier to understand for a human than C code.
    I wrote some code to reformat text documents.
    This HTML code may be placed on your web page.
  8. (scientific programming) A program.
  9. (linguistics) A particular lect or language variety.
  10. (medicine) An emergency requiring situation-trained members of the staff.
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code (codes, present participle coding; past and past participle coded)

  1. (computing) To write software programs.
    I learned to code on an early home computer in the 1980s.
  2. To add codes to a dataset.
  3. To categorise by assigning identifiers from a schedule, for example CPT coding for medical insurance purposes.
  4. (cryptography) To encode.
    We should code the messages we send out on Usenet.
  5. (genetics, intransitive) To encode a protein.
  6. (medicine) To call a hospital emergency code.
    coding in the CT scanner
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code (codes, present participle coding; past and past participle coded)

  1. (medicine) Of a patient, to suffer a sudden medical emergency a code blue such as cardiac arrest.
  • German: crap

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