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best fit in Technology

algorithm
A resource allocation scheme (usually for memory). Best Fit tries to determine the best place to put the new data. The definition of 'best' may differ between implementations, but one example might be to try and minimise the wasted space at the end of the block being allocated - i.e. use the smallest space which is big enough.
By minimising wasted space, more data can be allocated overall, at the expense of a more time-consuming allocation routine.
Compare First Fit.
(1997-06-02)

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  • Thus, my dear pupil, will you best fit yourself for the duties of a student and of a teacher.

    In the School-Room John S. Hart
  • In other words, a deference to such qualities as can best fit them to get on in the world, and make the most money!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It was only to last 'till we shall have seen which place of residence is best fit for old age, which is already knocking'.

  • I need not say that the real education is that which will best fit a man for performing well his duties in life.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • As fruit matures, the changes it undergoes are such as best fit for consumption and digestion.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • The sons had no taste for books; they have a very good taste for wine and cigars, and have undertaken what they are best fit for.

  • He knows just what study and training each one ought to pursue in order to best fit himself for that vocation.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • Before mixing materials select the pans that will best fit the oven.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • We must leave our readers to decide for themselves what theory will best fit as an explanation of this strange and true story.

    Stranger Than Fiction Mary L. Lewes

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