(~s, coding, ~d)
Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.
A ~ is a set of rules about how people should behave or about how something must be done.
...Article 159 of the Turkish penal ~.
...local building ~s.
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A ~ is a system of replacing the words in a message with other words or symbols, so that nobody can understand it unless they know the system.
They used elaborate secret ~s, as when the names of trees stood for letters...
If you can’t remember your number, write it in ~ in a diary.
N-COUNT: also in N
A ~ is a group of numbers or letters which is used to identify something, such as a postal address or part of a telephone system.
Callers dialing the wrong area ~ will not get through.
A ~ is any system of signs or symbols that has a meaning.
It will need different microchips to reconvert the digital ~ back into normal TV signals.
The genetic ~ of a person, animal or plant is the information contained in DNA which determines the structure and function of cells, and the inherited characteristics of all living things.
Scientists provided the key to understanding the genetic ~ that determines every bodily feature.
N-COUNT: with supp, V n
To ~ something means to give it a ~ or to mark it with its ~.
He devised a way of coding every statement uniquely...
VERB: V n
Computer ~ is a system or language for expressing information and instructions in a form which can be understood by a computer. (COMPUTING)
see also bar ~ , Highway Code , machine ~ , morse ~ , post~ , zip ~