Definition of Morse code in English:

Morse code

Syllabification: Morse code
Pronunciation: /ˈmôrs ˌkōd


  • An alphabet or code in which letters are represented by combinations of long and short signals of light or sound.
    More example sentences
    • The sailor translates the message into Morse code (dots and dashes) and uses a signal light (floodlight with a venetian blind type shutter on it) to send the message to the other ship.
    • The signals could be sent as messages or as Morse code using a combination of long and short flashes of light by opening and closing the shutter.
    • The message then turns up on the screen and it beats out automatically in Morse code on the light.


[with object] Back to top  
  • Signal (something) using Morse code.
    More example sentences
    • Using any key, you can Morse a message; the program is the 'receiver' and prints what it 'hears'.


mid 19th century: named after Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872), US inventor.

More definitions of Morse code

Definition of Morse code in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw