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a series of lines of varying width, printed, as on a container or product, that can be read by an optical scanner to determine charges for purchases, destinations for letters, etc.
Compare Universal Product Code.
to put a barcode on.
Contemporary Examples

“I tend to be a moderate,” said Louis, 69, a barcode salesman from Long Island who declined to give his last name.
Jon Huntsman and Joe Manchin’s No Labels Bromance David Freedlander January 14, 2013

But it might also be a symbol, a barcode, or a red box containing the words “[Daily] Beast” in white lettering.
Run with the Devil Unlike the Girl in Kentucky Candida Moss November 9, 2013


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