Code Code (k[=o]d), n. [F., fr. L. codex, caudex, the stock or stem of a tree, a board or tablet of wood smeared over with wax, on which the ancients originally wrote; hence, a book, a writing.] 1. A body of law, sanctioned by legislation, in which the rules of law to be specifically applied by the courts are set forth in systematic form; a compilation of laws by public authority; a digest. [1913 Webster]

Note: The collection of laws made by the order of Justinian is sometimes called, by way of eminence. ``The Code'' --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

2. Any system of rules or regulations relating to one subject; as, the medical code, a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians; the naval code, a system of rules for making communications at sea means of signals. [1913 Webster]

{Code civil} or {Code Napoleon}, a code enacted in France in 1803 and 1804, embodying the law of rights of persons and of property generally. --Abbot. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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