encode meaning

[ in'kəud ] Pronunciation:   "encode" in a sentence
  • Verb: encode  en'kowd
    1. Convert information into code
      "encode pictures digitally"

    Derived forms: encoded, encoding, encodes

    See also: encoding

    Type of: convert

    Antonym: decode

    Encyclopedia: Encode

  • [Electronics]
    1. To convert signals or data into a desired (usually digital) form. Also called CODE.
    2. To equip a transmitter with a tone-producing device (encoder).
    3. To develop and apply an encoding system to a group of transceivers or transmitters of a communications network.

  • [Medicine]
    vt en·cod·ed; en·cod·ing : to specify the genetic code for ‹each nucleotide triplet or codon on the mRNA chain encodes a specific amino acid —J. E. Darnell, Jr.›

  • [Computer]
    1. <algorithm, hardware> To convert data or some physical quantity into a given format. E.g. uuencode.

    See also encoder.

    2. <cryptography> To encrypt, to perform encryption.


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  1. your identification number is encoded on card.
  2. book and borrower numbers are encoded on to bar-coded labels.
  3. bacterial transposons carry genes encoding antibiotic resistance.
  4. not everyone enjoys writing the software required for keyboard encoding.
  5. graphs offer a very general structure for the encoding of pictorial data.

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