from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Computer Science To set (a starting value of a variable).
  • transitive v. Computer Science To prepare (a computer or a printer) for use; boot.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To format (a storage medium, such as a disk).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To assign initial values to something
  • v. To assign an initial value to a variable
  • v. To format a storage medium prior to use
  • v. To prepare any hardware (such as a printer or scanner) for use

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to assign an initial value to (a variable or set of variables in a computer program).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To designate by initials instead of by the full name.
  • To use an initial or initials (instead of one's full name).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data
  • v. assign an initial value to a computer program


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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