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initialise [v][en]
 
1)divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data; "Please format this disk before entering data!"
    Synonyms :format initialize formato inicializar формат 格式 инициализировать 初始化 フォーマット 初期化 inizializzare initialisieren initialiser 초기화 
    See Also: carve_up  initialisation  data_format 
 
2)assign an initial value to a computer program
    Synonyms :initialize inicializar инициализировать 初始化 初期化 inizializzare initialisieren initialiser 초기화 
    See Also: determine  initialisation 
 

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing: (http://www.foldoc.org/, Editor Denis Howe)

To give a variable its first value. This may be done automatically by some languages or it may require explicit code by the programmer. Some languages allow initialisation to be combined with variable definition, e.g. in C:

int i = 0;

Failing to initialise a variable before using it is a common programming error, but one which compilers and automatic checkers like lint can easily detect.

(1997-06-08)








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