initialise

initialize

[ih-nish-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), initialized, initializing. Computers.
1.
to set (variables, counters, switches, etc.) to their starting values at the beginning of a program or subprogram.
2.
to clear (internal memory, a disk, etc.) of previous data in preparation for use.
Also, especially British, initialise.


Origin:
1955–60; initial + -ize

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initialize or initialise (ɪˈnɪʃəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to assign an initial value to (a variable or storage location) in a computer program
 
initialise or initialise
 
vb
 
initiali'zation or initialise
 
n
 
initiali'sation or initialise
 
n

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initialise definition

programming
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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