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< Old French code (system of law) < 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.).

Singular
code

Plural
codes

code (plural codes)

  1. A very short abbreviation, often with little correlation to the item it represents
    You assigned the same "unique" code to two intake-categories, causing a database error!
  2. A body of law, sanctioned by legislation, in which the rules of law to be specifically applied by the courts are set forth in systematic form; a compilation of laws by public authority; a digest.
    "The collection of laws made by the order of Justinian is sometimes called, by way of eminence, "The Code"." -Wharton
  3. Any system of priciples, rules or regulations relating to one subject; as, the medical code, a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians; the naval code, a system of rules for making communications at sea means of signals.
  4. A set of rules for converting information into another form or representation.
  5. (cryptography) A cryptographic system using a codebook that converts words or phrases into codewords.
  6. Source code.


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