[en-kohd] /ɛnˈkoʊd/

verb (used with object), encoded, encoding.
to convert (a message, information, etc.) into .
verb (transitive)
to convert (a message) from plain text into code
(computing) to convert (characters and symbols) into a digital form as a series of impulses Compare decode (sense 2)
to convert (an electrical signal) into a form suitable for transmission
to convert (a nerve signal) into a form that can be received by the brain
to use (a word, phrase, etc, esp of a foreign language) in the construction appropriate to it in that language

1919, from en- (1) “make, put in” + code. Computing sense is from 1955, usually shortened colloquially to code. Related: Encoded; encoding.

encoding en·cod·ing (ěn-kō’dĭng)
The first of three stages in the memory process, involving processes associated with receiving or registering stimuli through one or more of the senses and modifying that information.
To specify the genetic code for the synthesis of a protein molecule or a part of a protein molecule.


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