What is meant by ‘decoder’



verb (used with object),de·cod·ed,de·cod·ing.

to translate (data or a message) from a code into the original language or form.

to extract meaning from (spoken or written symbols).

Television. to unscramble (an electronic signal) so as to provide a video picture for cable subscribers.

verb (used without object),de·cod·ed,de·cod·ing.

to work at decoding.

Words nearby decode

declutch, declutter, deco, decoct, decoction, decode, decoder, decoherence, decoic acid, decoke, decollate

Origin of decode

First recorded in 1895–1900;de- + code

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Examples from the Web for decode

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  • This track is so confusing and multi-layered, it would take a team of Mensa members with Ph.D.s in Ebonics to decode.

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  • But she arguably did more than anyone to decode what was then the oldest written European language known to exist.

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  • He softened the rhetoric here and there, but if you decode his substantive words, he said nothing new.

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British Dictionary definitions for decode



to convert (a message, text, etc) from code into ordinary language

computingto convert (coded characters) from one form to another, as from binary-coded decimals to decimal numbersCompare encode (def. 2)

electronicsto convert (a coded electrical signal) into normal analogue components

to analyse and understand the construction of words and phrases, esp in a foreign language

Derived forms of decode

decoder, noun

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Words related to decode

untangle, solve, unravel, translate, interpret, unscramble, break, read, decrypt, crack, unriddle