garbage collection

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garbage collection (usually uncountable, plural garbage collections)

  1. A service, generally run by local government, for transporting household garbage to the appropriate facility.
  2. (programming) A mechanism which ensures that resources no longer in use are made available for reuse, automatic garbage collection.
    Automatic garbage collection isn’t foolproof, but it eliminates large classes of memory errors.

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