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return code[ri′tərn ‚kōd]
An indicator that is issued by a computer upon completion of a subroutine or function, or of the entire program, that indicates the result of the processing and, in particular, whether the processing was successful or ended abnormally because of an error.
return code(1) A coded message that is sent by a function, program or server back to the program that called it in order to report the outcome of the processing. See HTTP return codes.
(2) The "carriage return" character code, which is embedded into text to signal the end of line. See CR.