deep copy

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See also: deep-copy


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deep copy (plural deep copies)

  1. (computing) A copy of a data structure duplicating not only the structure itself, but all structures to which it is linked.
    Don't try to make a deep copy of that: you'll pull in half the database.



deep copy (third-person singular simple present deep copies, present participle deep copying, simple past and past participle deep copied)

  1. (transitive) To make a deep copy of.
    I'd prefer to deep copy that in order to avoid complications with updates.
  2. (intransitive) To make a deep copy.
    This is a situation where you either have to deep copy or handle the complication of updates.