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code (written communication)

Definition:

a set of rules, principles, or laws (especially written ones)

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

codify

Plural:

codes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

codification

Etymology:

"systematic compilation of laws", from Old French code "system of laws,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of code...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

codification

systematic organization of methods, rules, etc | [law] the collection into one body of the principles of a system of law (20 of 358 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/codification

Wikipedia:

Codification [disambiguation]

may refer to: Codification (law), the process of forming a legal code | Codification (linguistics), the process of standardising and developing a norm for a language in linguistics | Accounting Standards Codification, the collection of US Generally ... (35 of 115 words, 4 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

codify | codified [past tense] | codifying [present participle] | codifies [3rd-person singular present] | codification [derived] | codifier [derived]

arrange (laws or rules) into a systematic code | arrange according to a plan or system (15 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/codify

Random House Dictionary:

codification

the act, process, or result of arranging in a systematic form or code. | [law] ; the act, process, or result of stating the rules and principles ... (26 of 66 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/codification

American Heritage Dictionary:

codify | codified [past tense] | codifying [present participle] | codifies [3rd-person singular present] | codification [noun, related] | codifier [noun, related]

To reduce to a code | To arrange or systematize. (9 of 23 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/codify

New World Dictionary:

codify | codified [past tense] | codifying [present participle] | codification [noun, related] | codifier [noun, related]

to arrange (laws, rules, etc.) systematically (6 of 23 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/codify

Wiktionary:

codification | codifications [plural]

The process of precisely formulating a statement, as a code of laws. (12 of 16 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/codification

Britannica Encyclopedia:

code [communications]

in communications, an unvarying rule for replacing a piece of information such as a letter, word, or phrase with an arbitrarily selected equivalent. ... (23 of 221 words, 7 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/123881​/code

Columbia Encyclopedia:

code | code, communications

in communications, set of symbols and rules for their manipulation by which the symbols can be made to carry information. By this extended definition ... (24 of 337 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0812761​.html

code

in law, in its widest sense any body of legal rules expressed in fixed and authoritative written form. A statute thus may be termed a code. Codes ... (27 of 303 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

code | codes [plural]

[countable/uncountable] a system of words, numbers, or signs used for ... | [countable] a set of rules about how something should be done or how ... (24 of 274 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/code

code [verb] | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle] | codes [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] to mark something with a code that gives information about it ... | [transitive] to put a message in code so that it's secret | ... (24 of 95 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/code 21

Merriam-Webster:

code [entry 1, noun] | genetic code [synonym, sense-specific] | canon [synonym, sense-specific] | constitution [synonym, sense-specific] | decalogue [synonym, sense-specific] | law [synonym, sense-specific] | discipline [similar, sense-specific] | establishment [similar, sense-specific] | common law [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a systematic statement of a body of law ; especially, one given statutory force | a system of principles or rules | a system of signals or symbols for ... (27 of 192 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/code

code [entry 2, verb] | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle] | codable [adjective, related] | coder [noun, related]

to put in or into the form or symbols of a code | to specify the genetic code (17 of 63 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/code show=1

Cambridge Dictionary:

code [entry 1]

a system of words, letters or signs which is used to represent a message in secret form, or a system of numbers, letters or signals which is used to ... (29 of 70 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/code 1

code [entry 2]

a set of rules which are accepted as general principles, or a set of ... | a set of principles that are accepted and used by society or a particular ... (29 of 75 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/code 2

code [entry 3]

to represent a message in code so that it can only be understood by the person who is meant to receive it (22 of 27 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/code 3

Encarta Dictionary:

codify | codified [past tense] | codifying [present participle] | codifies [3rd-person singular present] | codification [noun, derived] | codifier [noun, derived]

to arrange things, especially laws, rules, or principles, into an organized system or code (14 of 49 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598334​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

code

First use: about 1300

Origin: "systematic compilation of laws", from Old French code "system of laws, law-book" (13th century), from Latin codex, earlier ... (20 of 50 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=code

Oxford Dictionary:

code | code for

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin codex, codic- (see "codex"). The term originally denoted a systematic collection of statutes ... (20 of 44 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/code

Wiktionary:

code | codes [plural] | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle]

Origin: Old French code ("system of law"), from Latin codex, later form of caudex ("the stock or stem of a tree, a board or tablet of wood smeared over with wax, on which the ancients originally wrote; hence, a book, a writing.").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/code

New World Dictionary:

code | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle]

Origin: Old French from Latin codex (earlier caudex), wooden tablet for writing (hence, book: in ecclesiastical Late Latin, code of laws), ... (20 of 39 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/code

American Heritage Dictionary:

code | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle] | codes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōdex, book; see "codex".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/code

Collins Dictionary:

code

First use: 14th century

Origin: from French, from Latin cōdex book, codex

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/code

Merriam-Webster:

code [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin caudex, codex trunk of a tree, document formed originally from wooden tablets

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/code

Encarta Dictionary:

code | codes [plural] | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin codex "block of wood, book, set of statutes"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598315​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

code

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "code"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/code

Macmillan British Dictionary:

code | codes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "code"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/code

code [verb] | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle] | codes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "code"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/code 21

Macmillan American Dictionary:

code [noun] | codes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "code"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/code

code [verb] | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle] | codes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "code"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/code 21

Cambridge Dictionary:

code [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "code"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "code"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/code 2

the Free Dictionary:

code

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "code"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "code"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "code" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

code | codes [plural] | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "code"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

code

Audio: North American pronunciation of "code"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=code​0001 word=code

YourDictionary Audio:

code

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "code" by speech synthesizer

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