Definition of encode in US English:

encode

verb

[with object]
  • 1Convert into a coded form.

    • ‘Here the affinities with the dance of death are most deeply encoded.’
    • ‘The crew of a U.S. submarine is sent on a top-secret mission to board a disabled German U-boat and steal a secret encoding device.’
    • ‘Both were encoded using the same initial 12 letter code indicator, but the second message corrected punctuation in the first.’
    • ‘According to the code model, a communicator encodes her intended message into a signal, which is decoded by the audience using an identical copy of the code.’
    • ‘Private banks also open accounts under code names and will, when asked, refer to clients by code names or encode account transactions.’
    • ‘According to experts, several printer companies quietly encode the serial number and the manufacturing code of their color laser printers and color copiers on every document those machines produce.’
    • ‘The past as ethnographic material is reconstituted, not only by exploring encoded records of the past, but also by suggesting that there is a constant relation of decoding.’
    • ‘These expressions literally encode language with hidden, subversive meanings, enacting linguistically the larger thematic focus of the novel.’
    • ‘The Enigma machine was used by the Nazis to encode secret messages between their armed forces until it was captured by the Royal Navy.’
    • ‘Maturin's version of the Shakespearian romance plot encodes family secrets.’
    • ‘Social issues were either encoded or handled gingerly.’
    • ‘The spiritual obligation that is incumbent on the reader is to try to open the gates of understanding by interpreting the words and letters in which the secrets of creation are encoded.’
    • ‘Did Leonardo Da Vinci encode this secret in his paintings?’
    • ‘The information was so militarily sensitive that the weather reports were encoded before being transmitted.’
    cryptic, encoded, coded, enciphered, hidden, mysterious, abstruse, recondite, arcane, esoteric, cabbalistic
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    1. 1.1Computing Convert (information or an instruction) into a particular form.
      ‘the amount of time required to encode a wav file to mp3 format’
      • ‘This is especially the case when information has been encoded in a digital form and distributed through technologies such as the internet.’
      • ‘Some VCRs today check for a special time encoding in the broadcast signals and update themselves accordingly.’
      • ‘A treasure trove of information is encoded inside your object code, and this tool lets you see it.’
      • ‘The keyboard encoder takes that information, encodes it in a digital form the main computer can understand, and passes it to the computer via the keyboard port.’
      • ‘Digitally encoded information has no intrinsic relationship to the form into which it is decoded.’
      • ‘Media encoding for home and professional use is becoming more popular.’
      • ‘A data cell region encodes the address of the column for one cell that needs to be remapped in each row.’
      • ‘The computer program is encoded using the language C + +.’
      • ‘The chip also provides MPEG 2 encoding with digital video noise reduction, eliminating granularity within the picture and thus improving the quality of the compressed video.’
      • ‘In the past this sort of information was encoded within blocks as block attributes.’
      • ‘DVD Audio provides music encoded in multi-channel format, such as Dolby 5.1, or as high-resolution stereo.’
      • ‘So clearly people don't want to pay CD prices for digitally encoded music.’
      • ‘A speech signal is encoded using code excited linear prediction for use in transmitting the speech signal to a receiver.’
      • ‘Data corresponding to a web address is encoded in a pattern of black and white squares, called a data matrix.’
      • ‘Version 4.0 also encodes the largest set of characters for mathematical and technical publishing in existence.’
      • ‘More and more of our sounds and images and words are digitally encoded.’
      • ‘I was recently downloaded and installed a shareware program which encodes audio and video multimedia files.’
      • ‘The output, together with the card's pin code, was sent to him electronically via steganography - a technology for encoding information into pictures.’
      • ‘Holography not only maps the intensities of the light, as do normal diffraction patterns, it also encodes information about the phases of the light that is otherwise intrinsically lost.’
    2. 1.2Biochemistry (of a gene) be responsible for producing (a substance or behavior).
      • ‘Eleven enzymes encoded by 21 loci were resolved.’
      • ‘The TOC GTPases are encoded by small gene families in Arabidopsis and other species.’
      • ‘The proteins encoded by these genes share a short region of homology at their amino termini.’
      • ‘Each pathway contains its own enzymes encoded by different genes.’
      • ‘The increasing number of genetically encoded indicators provides elegant tools for monitoring activity.’
      • ‘Many of the proteins encoded by these genes are expected to become targets for new drugs.’
      • ‘Some of the comics I read because I have been genetically encoded to do so.’
      • ‘"There aren't enough genes to encode all the combinations you would need.’
      • ‘PSK precursor proteins are encoded by small gene families.’
      • ‘Of the eight overlapping genes reported here, two are encoded on the opposite strand.’
      • ‘The function of the genes that encode rapidly evolving proteins remains largely unknown.’
      • ‘However, the new ATG assignment does not alter the predicted mature polypeptides encoded by each allele.’
      • ‘Another group is formed by cDNAs encoding enzymes with putative biosynthetic functions.’
      • ‘Most plants possess a large number of peroxidase isoenzymes encoded by multigene families.’
      • ‘Second, we use capital letters to indicate the protein encoded by a gene.’
      • ‘Proteins encoded by sperm genes in both males and hermaphrodites evolve more rapidly than most other types of genes.’
      • ‘The rest of the subunits are encoded in the nucleus.’
      • ‘Residues in close physical proximity to those of a subunit encoded by another genome are clearly functionally important.’
      • ‘The underlined genes are encoded by the opposite strand.’
      • ‘The remainder of the protein components in these complexes is encoded in the nucleus.’
      • ‘The proteins encoded by these genes are thought to participate in the biochemical steps that lead to meiotic recombination.’

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