initialization

World English Dictionary
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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initialization

noun
(computer science) the format of sectors on the surface of a hard disk drive so that the operating system can access them and setting a starting position [syn: low-level formatting
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