Meaning of CODE in English

I. ˈkōd noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin caudex, codex trunk of a tree, document formed originally from wooden tablets

Date: 14th century

1. : a systematic statement of a body of law ; especially : one given statutory force

2. : a system of principles or rules

moral code


a. : a system of signals or symbols for communication

b. : a system of symbols (as letters or numbers) used to represent assigned and often secret meanings

4. : genetic code

5. : a set of instructions for a computer

• code·less -ləs adjective

II. verb

( cod·ed ; cod·ing )

Date: 1815

transitive verb

: to put in or into the form or symbols of a code

intransitive verb

: to specify the genetic code

a gene that code s for a protein

• cod·able ˈkō-də-bəl adjective

• cod·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.