( "<spaces>name" -- )

Skip leading space delimiters. Parse name delimited by a space. Create a definition for name, called a "code definition", with the execution semantics defined below.

Subsequent characters in the parse area typically represent source code in a programming language, usually some form of assembly language. Those characters are processed in an implementation-defined manner, generating the corresponding machine code. The process continues, refilling the input buffer as needed, until an implementation-defined ending sequence is processed.

name Execution:

( i * x -- j * x )

Execute the machine code sequence that was generated following CODE.



Some Forth systems implement the assembly function by adding an ASSEMBLER word list to the search order, using the text interpreter to parse a postfix assembly language with lexical characteristics similar to Forth source code. Typically, in such systems, assembly ends when a word END-CODE is interpreted.