- 1A system of words, letters, figures, or symbols used to represent others, especially for the purposes of secrecy: the Americans cracked their diplomatic code [mass noun]: messages written in codeMore example sentences
- The spread of mobile telephones and even the use of secret words or codes show that secrecy is essential to close deals or pass on information.
- She played a key role in the recruitment and briefing of agents, and became an expert writer of letters in code.
- These include the letters, written in code, which are said to make clear she was in favour of inflicting pain on her enemies.
- 1.1A phrase or concept used to represent another in an indirect way: researching ‘the family’ is usually a code for studying womenMore example sentences
- I recognise - more than the words, the codes and silences - the force of all the things unsaid.
- Now, I wondered if he had been sending me code, offering me a front-row seat to some action.
- PC is essentially an etiquette, a series of codes by which we are supposed to live our lives.
- 1.2A series of letters, numbers, or symbols assigned to something for the purposes of classification or identification: each box had a label with the code SC 90More example sentences
- We are seeing boats coming in from all over the world with manufacturer identification codes assigned by their country of origin.
- Currently, companies are the smallest army element to be routinely assigned unit identification codes.
- The officer turned to face a terminal, inserting an identicard and entering a series of codes.
- 1.3 short for dialling code. I was given the number, but not the code for Guildford
- 2 [mass noun] Computing Program instructions: assembly codeMore example sentences
- The code then downloads spyware programs to surfers' PCs, including one that steals credit card numbers and other forms of financial information.
- The answer is 609,000 and this is the number of lines of code in the software for the computers and avionics systems.
- Using this drag-and-drop methodology, users can create program code with minimal user input or understanding.
- 3A systematic collection of laws or statutes: a revision of the penal codeMore example sentences
- Under the doctrine of breach of statutory duty some regulatory codes may give rise to civil liability when breached.
- This is itself a judicial interpolation into the statutory code.
- The penal code does not criminalize such conduct, and would be clearly unconstitutional if it did.
- 3.1A set of conventions or moral principles governing behaviour in a particular sphere: a strict dress code a stern code of honourMore example sentences
- To be worthy of that love, he adopted a strict code of moral conduct.
- The actors of today are simply too pretty and too vacant to depict the men and women of sterner days and stricter moral codes.
- The rigid social, moral and behavioural codes imposed by the group included severe restrictions on women's freedom of movement, expression and association.
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- 1Convert (the words of a message) into a code so as to convey a secret meaning: only Mitch knew how to read the message—even the name was codedMore example sentences
- Thus the hats contain a message coded in the manner in which they are worn.
- The package enables audio traffic - such as a phone conversation - to be coded as data, sent down an internet connection and then decoded at the other end.
- Given that the messages are claimed to be coded, it would seem that network editing is unlikely to pick them out.
- 1.1Express the meaning of (a statement) in an indirect way: (as adjective coded) journalists made coded allusions to his deficienciesMore example sentences
- This visual narrative appears to have incorporated other animal stories as well as interjected some coded political statements.
- He has removed any potential threat of even coded criticism from the foreign secretary by removing him from his post.
- So any seasoned interpreter immediately understood that ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ was coded language for tat and dumbing-down.
- 1.2Assign a code to (something) for purposes of classification or identification: she coded the samples and sent them for dissectionMore example sentences
- Instruments were coded with an identification number to track and follow up with non respondents.
- All sections were coded to prevent identification of the probe type or setting used.
- Type and severity of maltreatment were coded using the maltreatment classification system developed by Barnett et al.
- 2Write code for (a computer program): most developers code C + + like C [no object]: I no longer actively code in PHPMore example sentences
- When we code a computer program, we do not rewrite the entire thing every time something fails to work.
- When you think of high technology, you probably imagine a software engineer sitting behind a computer, coding some new program.
- I didn't find it a difficult exam, but then I've been coding Windows Forms since Visual Basic 4 back in 1997.
- 3 [no object] (code for) Biochemistry Be the genetic code for (an amino acid or protein): genes that code for human growth hormoneMore example sentences
- This gene codes for a protein which is 513 amino acids in length.
- Because of their possibly unusual evolution, genes coding for ribosomal proteins were excluded from the analysis.
- Mutations in genes coding for these proteins may be tolerated in an otherwise wild-type cell through the presence of one or more checkpoint pathways.
- 3.1Be the genetic determiner of (a characteristic): one pair of homologous chromosomes codes for eye colourMore example sentences
- The population will have ‘responded’ and become ‘adapted,’ but only because the genetic information coding for waxier cuticles and deeper roots was already present.
- The loss of eye function is the result of a ‘downhill’ mutational change, a corruption or loss of the genetic information coding for eye manufacture.
- It had nothing to do with demonstrating how the genetic information coding for feathers could have arisen in the imagined reptilian ancestors of birds.
bring something up to code
- North American Renovate or update an old building in line with the latest building regulations: the wiring will be brought up to codeMore example sentences
- In 1905, the architect bought the building on Orchard Street and included these improvements when he brought it up to code.
- The gallery, which was formerly a storefront, had to undergo a few building improvements to bring it up to code.
- Workers replaced the windows, cleaned the brick and brought the building up to code with ramps and elevators.
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- An important part of piloting the coding scheme will be testing for consistency between coders and, if time permits, intra-coder reliability.
- Traditional programming requires a few coders to commit a lot of time and effort, for which they will reasonably expect to be paid.
- To hit the broadest range of potential coders, you've got to show them the vast range of what programming can allow you to do.