Definition of "encode" []

  • To put (a message, for example) into code. (verb-transitive)
  • Computer Science To format (electronic data) according to a standard format. (verb-transitive)
  • Genetics To specify the genetic code for (a protein molecule, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To convert (a message) from plain text into code (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To convert (characters and symbols) into a digital form as a series of impulses (verb)
  • To convert (an electrical signal) into a form suitable for transmission (verb)
  • To convert (a nerve signal) into a form that can be received by the brain (verb)
  • To use (a word, phrase, etc, esp of a foreign language) in the construction appropriate to it in that language (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "encode" in a sentence
  • "You have that part where DNA is "decoded" (transcription-translation) into RNA and protein, but you missed that part where RNA and protein "encode" DNA (reverse transcription-translation)."
  • "The idea that some terms encode a male worldview is initially a puzzling one."
  • "It’s not about HD. 480 lines and a decent encode is enough."