variadic

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variable +‎ -adic

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variadic (not comparable)

  1. (computing, mathematics, linguistics) Taking a variable number of arguments; especially, taking arbitrarily many arguments.
    • 1983, Alan Bundy, The Computer Modelling of Mathematical Reasoning,[1] Academic Press, page 48:
      There are some functions and predicates which we tend to think of as being able to take any number of parameters – of being of variable arity or variadic.
    • 2004, François Récanati, Literal Meaning, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-53736-3, page 109:
      The variadic functions that increase the valence of the input relation through the addition of a circumstance to the set of its argument-roles can be represented by means of an operator (or rather, a family of operators) ‘Circ’.
    • 2006, Nils M. Holm, Sketchy LISP: An Introduction to Functional Programming in Scheme, Second Edition, Lulu.com, ISBN 978-1-4116-7448-6:
      page 53: However, the real max procedure of Scheme is a variadic procedure, which means that it accepts any positive number of arguments: ¶ (max 5 1 3 8 9 7 2 6 4) => 9
      page 54: Because (non-primitive) procedures are created using lambda, there must be a way to create variadic lambda functions, too.
    C's printf is one of the most widely used variadic functions.

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