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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Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.
The resulting data will be used to initialize decadal models, verify the models and study the dynamics of the coupled system.
When the page loads, it should run the initialize function from the previous step.
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