code1 W2S2 [kəud US koud] n
2¦(secret message)¦
3¦(symbols giving information)¦
[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: Latin codex; CODEX]
a set of rules, laws, or principles that tell people how to behave
The Torah is the basis for all the Jewish laws and their moral code .
Each state in the US has a different criminal and civil code.
The judge ruled that there had been no breach of the code .
There were plans to introduce a dress code (=rules about what to wear) for civil servants.
code of conduct/behaviour/ethics
the strict code of conduct that is so much a part of karate
code of practice
(=a set of rules that people in a particular business or profession agree to obey)
The Textile Services Association has drawn up a code of practice endorsed by the Office of Fair Trading.
2.) ¦(SECRET MESSAGE)¦ [U and C]
a system of words, letters, or symbols that you use instead of ordinary writing, so that the information can only be understood by someone else who knows the system
in code
All reports must be sent in code.
break/crack a code
(=manage to understand a code)
They didn't realise that we'd broken their secret code.
a set of numbers, letters, or symbols that shows what something is or gives information about it
Goods that you order must have a product code.
Every item found on the archaeological dig is given a code number .
4.) ¦(TELEPHONES)¦ also dialling code
, STD code
the group of numbers that comes before a telephone number when you are calling from a different area
American Equivalent: area code
What's the code for Aberdeen?
5.) ¦(COMPUTERS)¦ [U and C]
a set of instructions that tell a computer what to do
a system of sounds or signals that represent words or letters when they are sent by machine
code 2
code2 v [T usually passive]
1.) to put a set of numbers, letters, or symbols on something to show what it is or give information about it
Each path is coded to show the level of difficulty.
2.) to put a message into code so that it is secret

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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