bar code


General English


  • noun a system of lines printed on a product which, when read by a computer, give a reference number or price


  • A precise arrangement of parallel vertical bars and spaces of varying widths, encoded with characters such as letters, numbers, or symbols. These bars are read by optical devices called bar-code readers, which may scan the data horizontally and/or vertically, or at any angle. Bar codes serve for rapid and error-free entry of information, and are used, for instance in retail stores or libraries, or to help robots identify components in assembly facilities. Also spelled barcode. Also called bar-code symbol, or optical barcode.


  • noun a sequence of numbers and vertical lines identifying an item and often its price when interpreted by an optical scanner