WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
building code′. 
  • GovernmentSee under  code (def. 3).

  • WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
    code /koʊd/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  cod•ed, cod•ing. 
    n. 
    1. Telecommunications[countable] a system for communication by telegraph, etc., in which the letters are represented by long and short sounds, etc.: Morse code.
    2. Cryptographya system used to keep a message short or secret, with letters or symbols assigned meanings known only to the sender and receiver: [countable]They tried to crack the code used by the enemy.[uncountable]a message written in code.
    3. [countable] letters, numbers, or other symbols used in a code system to represent or identify something: The code for your English course is 4907.
    4. Government[countable] a collection of rules or regulations, such as for a business: a local health code.
    5. Computing the statements or instructions in a computer program:[countable]We'll have to look at the code to see why this program crashed.

    v. [+ object]
    1. Cryptographyto translate (a message) into a code;
      encode:He coded the message and sent it to London.
    cod•er, n. [countable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    code  (kōd),USA pronunciation n., v.,  cod•ed, cod•ing. 
    n. 
    1. Telecommunicationsa system for communication by telegraph, heliograph, etc., in which long and short sounds, light flashes, etc., are used to symbolize the content of a message:Morse code.
    2. Cryptographya system used for brevity or secrecy of communication, in which arbitrarily chosen words, letters, or symbols are assigned definite meanings.
    3. Governmentany set of standards set forth and enforced by a local government agency for the protection of public safety, health, etc., as in the structural safety of buildings (building code), health requirements for plumbing, ventilation, etc.(sanitary or health code), and the specifications for fire escapes or exits (fire code). 
    4. Lawmaking, Governmenta systematically arranged collection or compendium of laws, rules, or regulations.
    5. Lawmaking, Governmentany authoritative, general, systematic, and written statement of the legal rules and principles applicable in a given legal order to one or more broad areas of life.
    6. a word, letter, number, or other symbol used in a code system to mark, represent, or identify something:The code on the label shows the date of manufacture.
    7. Computingthe symbolic arrangement of statements or instructions in a computer program in which letters, digits, etc. are represented as binary numbers;
      the set of instructions in such a program:That program took 3000 lines of code.Cf. ASCII, object code, source code.
    8. Governmentany system or collection of rules and regulations:a gentleman's code of behavior.
    9. Medicinea directive or alert to a hospital team assigned to emergency resuscitation of patients.
    10. GeneticsSee  genetic code. 
    11. Linguistics
      • the system of rules shared by the participants in an act of communication, making possible the transmission and interpretation of messages.
      • (in sociolinguistic theory) one of two distinct styles of language use that differ in degree of explicitness and are sometimes thought to be correlated with differences in social class. Cf. elaborated code, restricted code.

    v.t. 
    1. Cryptographyto translate (a message) into a code;
      encode.
    2. Governmentto arrange or enter (laws or statutes) in a code.
    3. Computingto translate (a program) into language that can be communicated to the computer.

    v.i. 
    1. Geneticsto specify the amino acid sequence of a protein by the sequence of nucleotides comprising the gene for that protein:a gene that codes for the production of insulin.
    coder, n. 
    codeless, adj. 
    • Latin cōdex codex
    • Anglo-French, Old French
    • Middle English 1275–1325

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