Adjective "code" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A system of words, letters, figures, or symbols used to represent others, especially for the purposes of secrecy.
  1. mass noun 'messages written in code'
  2. 'If he gave us accurate predictions of the future as a reward for figuring out the code, we are to believe he expects us not to use it to our advantage?'
  3. 'He eventually figures out the code when he absent-mindedly reads the general's doodling on a pad.'
  4. 'She turned and began again to figure the codes, and another plan to get out of this cellar.'
  5. 'The most well-known example is the breaking of the Japanese diplomatic and military codes before and during WWII.'
  6. 'Codes and great historical figures go together like the author of a certain fantastical thriller involving Leonardo da Vinci has shown.'
  7. 'The code is given in figure 1a, and an example conversion is shown in figure 1b.'
  8. 'And if they can break the code on even one message, we're sunk.'
  9. 'Cryptography is the enciphering and deciphering of messages in secret code or cipher.'
  10. 'After Evan figures out the code to a mysterious paper that Lisa picks up, they head towards mayhem.'
  11. 'They were the high-level diplomatic and military codes, the kind of which had never been cracked.'
  12. 'PC is essentially an etiquette, a series of codes by which we are supposed to live our lives.'
  13. 'Now, I wondered if he had been sending me code, offering me a front-row seat to some action.'
  14. 'The magazine sent us the access code to view its upcoming issue, which I believe will hit the news-stands on Tuesday.'
  15. 'With a pre-assigned code, you can send documents to a queue, then access them for printing at any time, such as at hotel and airport business centers.'
  16. 'They are commonly represented by a single letter code where the index represents the absorption maximum.'
  17. 'The machine beeped in recognition of the code and the numbers flashed momentarily across the screen.'
  18. 'They never got to the end, though, because they never figured out the last code to open the 7 gates.'
  19. 'The officer turned to face a terminal, inserting an identicard and entering a series of codes.'
  20. 'The next second, I punch in the code to check my messages.'
  21. 'The man rapidly typed a code into a security system and a loud buzzing sound signaled the door's release.'
  22. 'Not only had I managed to follow the guard I even figured out what the code was.'
  23. 'We are seeing boats coming in from all over the world with manufacturer identification codes assigned by their country of origin.'
  24. 'I was given the number, but not the code for Guildford'
Program instructions.
  1. 'It allows Delphi and C++ programmers to compile code to either operating system.'
  2. 'We had to program in assembly code and call a play routine every vertical blank.'
  3. 'Millions of lines of software code are involved, and we haven't even gotten to matters like billing and maintenance.'
  4. 'Hackers gain secret control of the computers by sending e-mail viruses and worms or by planting software code on web sites.'
  5. 'Early programmers worked in native computer code or machine language.'
  6. 'This time it was traced to a college student in Romania who had also left obvious clues to his identity in the code.'
  7. 'The answer is 609,000 and this is the number of lines of code in the software for the computers and avionics systems.'
  8. 'He encouraged people to look at his program and modify it for their own needs and to send him their code to add to the system.'
  9. 'The code then downloads spyware programs to surfers' PCs, including one that steals credit card numbers and other forms of financial information.'
  10. 'Indeed if ever there was a case for the open sourcing of program code then this is it.'
A systematic collection of laws or statutes.
  1. 'In many states, there is a criminal code which tabulates criminal offences.'
  2. 'You look and see what principles have been established in prior cases rather than just referring to a piece of legislation or a code.'
  3. 'The Muslim minority views the code as an indirect abrogation of their cultural freedom.'
  4. 'It would be perfectly possible for a criminal code to provide separate crimes of negligence, with lower maximum sentences, at appropriate points in the hierarchy of offences.'
  5. 'In Warwick, only 75 miles away, these activities are all deemed acceptable farming uses under the zoning code.'
  6. 'The constitution, the penal code, and international and human rights conventions are the only guide to what is acceptable and what is not.'
  7. 'Under the doctrine of breach of statutory duty some regulatory codes may give rise to civil liability when breached.'
  8. 'This is itself a judicial interpolation into the statutory code.'
  9. 'With the growing power of the state, statutory tenure codes were drawn up by centralized governments, reflecting the values and interests of the state.'
  10. 'Despite the stark words of the various codes regulating ministerial and MSP conduct, the MSPs of various parties will let the First Minister off.'
  11. 'a strict dress code'
  12. 'There is no supreme code of behavior that dictates who I have to be nice to.'
  13. 'While a code of secrecy applies, there also exists a pool of top homeowners willing to sell their properties if the price is right, even though they are not on the market.'
  14. 'The gentlemen's code also served to limit aggressive behavior after the battle.'
  15. 'Use of these drugs is routinely equated with socially degraded status and participation in activities indicative of the code of the streets.'
  16. 'They have their own code of morals and honor, just like anyone else.'
  17. 'When people are designing their own religions and their own moral codes, is it any shock that they're designing their own politics, too?'
  18. 'Does this country possess the courage to affirm a common code of principles, of manners?'
  19. 'Why have ethical codes not figured prominently in discussions of the peer review process?'
  20. 'A sly and sophisticated writer, he could always get around the code of silence with indirection.'
  21. 'They believe these activities may violate their code of conduct and bring shame upon them.'
  22. 'The actors of today are simply too pretty and too vacant to depict the men and women of sterner days and stricter moral codes.'
  23. 'There's no formal code of behavior, at least none I've been able to fathom.'
  24. 'I applaud both the concept of a code of ethics by which industry members are bound, and the revamping of the disciplinary process.'
  25. 'The nations that survive and prosper and become world powers are the ones that adhere to strict moral codes.'
  26. 'While today we may disagree with some of the wording or even the concepts in this early code of ethics, few would disagree with its intent or its essence.'
  27. 'The rigid social, moral and behavioural codes imposed by the group included severe restrictions on women's freedom of movement, expression and association.'
  28. 'But these are not the sort of thing that a good company man does; a remarkably effective code bans such behavior.'
  29. 'The prejudging judgment might be as broad as the spoken English language, or the dictionary, or some other code or convention.'
  30. 'A 13-point code of conduct governing all buskers working in Oxford is expected to come into force next month.'
  31. 'There is no written code of conduct for these venues, although each one will have a slightly different unwritten code of behavior.'


Convert (the words of a message) into a code so as to convey a secret meaning.
  1. 'Given that the messages are claimed to be coded, it would seem that network editing is unlikely to pick them out.'
  2. 'It is an awareness of how language codes the way we view the world, and how membership in various communities influences our understanding of the world.'
  3. 'Not only may they be purposely babbling and coding their conversations to confuse the eavesdroppers, but there are also the complexities of language itself.'
  4. 'Thus the hats contain a message coded in the manner in which they are worn.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'journalists made coded allusions to his deficiencies'
  7. 'On the back of this page are the directions to it, coded as a precaution.'
  8. 'Petroleum wealth seems often to be coded as undeserved and also as automatically making people rich.'
  9. 'The Singaporean filmmaker argues that he's only amplifying what's already coded into the fable.'
  10. 'So any seasoned interpreter immediately understood that ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ was coded language for tat and dumbing-down.'
  11. 'Unchallenged, mainstream film coded the erotic into the language of the dominant patriarchal order.'
  12. 'This minority group has long been coded in U.S. popular culture as a threat, a people who keep their motives and means well hidden.'
  13. 'There were hints about social security reform and coded signals about moving to a flat tax, but this speech, like this convention, was a war speech.'
  14. 'she coded the samples and sent them for dissection'
  15. 'If you code your medicines, be sure these identifications are included on any medicine record you use.'
  16. 'Each source quoted or paraphrased was coded separately, and all of a source's statements in an article were taken into account when applying coding categories.'
  17. 'They were also taperecorded, but were not transcribed for analysis since interviewers coded respondents' answers to all questions during the interview.'
  18. 'Instruments were coded with an identification number to track and follow up with non respondents.'
  19. 'Prior to coding, the names of speakers were removed (as were explicit references to the names of the parties themselves).'
  20. 'Type and severity of maltreatment were coded using the maltreatment classification system developed by Barnett et al.'
  21. 'Response envelopes were coded with the hospital identification number to protect confidentiality.'
  22. 'A person named Nguyen O'Brien will be coded Vietnamese, not Irish.'
  23. 'All sections were coded to prevent identification of the probe type or setting used.'
  24. 'Similarly, alcohol-related words were coded as 1 and nonalcohol words coded as 0.'
Write code for (a computer program)
  1. no object 'I no longer actively code in PHP'
  2. 'I didn't find it a difficult exam, but then I've been coding Windows Forms since Visual Basic 4 back in 1997.'
  3. 'Today while working on a design for a small project I'm doing, I coded a JavaScript image rollover for the first time in at least a year, maybe two.'
Be the genetic code for (an amino acid or protein)
  1. 'Each gene, or a combination of genes, codes for the assembly of amino acids that combine in long chains forming proteins.'
  2. 'Because of their possibly unusual evolution, genes coding for ribosomal proteins were excluded from the analysis.'
  3. 'Several members of this group were found to contain a gene lying downstream of the YR gene that codes for a protein of unknown function.'
  4. 'Data from animals suggest that the portion of the genome coding for reproduction-related function may be unusually dynamic.'
  5. 'It had nothing to do with demonstrating how the genetic information coding for feathers could have arisen in the imagined reptilian ancestors of birds.'
  6. 'Applying these principles to the horse, the genetic information coding for extra toes is present, but is switched off in most modern horses.'

More definitions

1. a 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. a system used for brevity or secrecy of communication, in which arbitrarily chosen words, letters, or symbols are assigned definite meanings.

3. any 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 (

More examples(as adjective)

"tos can be code."

"accesses can be code."


Middle English: via Old French from Latin codex, codic- (see codex). The term originally denoted a systematic collection of statutes made by Justinian or another of the later Roman emperors; compare with code (sense 3 of the noun) (mid 18th century), the earliest modern sense.


bring something up to code