Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A systematically arranged and comprehensive collection of laws.
  • n. A systematic collection of regulations and rules of procedure or conduct: a traffic code.
  • n. A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages.
  • n. A system of symbols, letters, or words given certain arbitrary meanings, used for transmitting messages requiring secrecy or brevity.
  • n. A system of symbols and rules used to represent instructions to a computer; a computer program.
  • n. Genetics The genetic code.
  • n. Slang A patient whose heart has stopped beating, as in cardiac arrest.
  • transitive v. To systematize and arrange (laws and regulations) into a code.
  • transitive v. To convert (a message, for example) into code.
  • intransitive v. Genetics To specify the genetic code for an amino acid or a polypeptide.
  • intransitive v. Computer Science To write or revise a computer program.
  • intransitive v. Slang To go into cardiac arrest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short symbol, often with little relation to the item it represents.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Any system of principles, rules or regulations relating to one subject; as, the medical code, a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians; the naval code, a system of rules for making communications at sea means of signals.
  • n. A set of rules for converting information into another form or representation.
  • n. A cryptographic system using a codebook that converts words or phrases into codewords.
  • n. A programming language (or other computer language), a program, a routine written in it, or, more generally, the input of a translator, an interpretator or a browser, namely: source code, machine code, bytecode.
  • n. A computer program, or more generally, any defined computing process.
  • v. To write software programs.
  • v. To categorise by assigning identifiers from a schedule, for example CPT coding for medical insurance purposes.
  • v. To encode.
  • v. Of a patient, to suffer a sudden medical emergency such as cardiac arrest.
  • v. To encode a protein.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Any system of rules or regulations relating to one subject.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman law, one of several systematic or classified collections of the statutory part of that law, made by various later emperors, as the Codex Hermogenianus, Codex Theodosianus, etc.; especially, a classified collection made by Justinian (see below).
  • n. In modern jurisprudence: A systematic and complete body of statute law intended to supersede all other law within its scope.
  • n. A body of law which is intended to be merely a restatement of the principles of the existing law in a systematic form.
  • n. Hence A digest or compendium; an orderly arrangement or system; a body of rules or facts for the regulation or explication of any subject: as, the military code; the code of honor (see below).
  • n. Specifically A system of signals with the rules which govern their use.
  • n. See code noir, below.
  • To prepare (a message or despatch) for transmission by translating it into the cipher or arbitrarily chosen words of the code previously agreed upon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy
  • n. a set of rules or principles or laws (especially written ones)
  • v. attach a code to
  • n. (computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions
  • v. convert ordinary language into code

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōdex, book; see codex.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French code ("system of law"), from Latin codex, later form of caudex ("the stock or stem of a tree, a board or tablet of wood smeared over with wax, on which the ancients originally wrote; hence, a book, a writing."). (Wiktionary)

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  • I wonder if it's possible to run a code from a variable? code = msgbox, hello run, % code%

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  • With Rails 2.1, you'll actually get the secret code in @code, even though it comes from a private method of the account object.

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  • This same Beck recently urged Christians to leave their churches if their ministers ever spoke about "social justice" -- the very foundation of King's leadership during the 1950's and 1960's -- because he considers the term code for "communism and Nazism."

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  • The term code is often used to denote large-scale operations.

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  • The other thing that of course we've become familiar with is the term code blue.

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  • This word has too many meanings. The meaning I'm in love with is coding as a method of classification. Mmm, such a cool word.

    July 18, 2008

  • Short for code blue, a medical emergency that usually means someone's heart, breathing, or both, have stopped. In most hospitals a designated cohort of professionals will respond when code blues are called.

    Used also as an intransitive verb: "Mr Sullivan was doing okay this morning, but coded overnight."

    January 26, 2008

  • Also a form of encryption, not to be confused with a cipher.

    November 29, 2007