indirect jump

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indirect jump definition

programming
A jump via an indirect address, i.e. the jump instruction contains the address of a memory location that contains the address of the next instruction to execute.
The location containing the address to jump to is sometimes called a vector.
Indirect jumps make normal code hard to understand because the jump target is a run-time property of the program that depends on the execution history. They are useful for, e.g. allowing user code to replace operating system code or setting up event handlers.
(2010-01-01)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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