starvation

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starve +‎ -ation

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starvation (countable and uncountable, plural starvations)

  1. A condition of severe suffering due to a lack of nutrition.
    • 1918 September–November, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Land That Time Forgot”, in The Blue Book Magazine, Chicago, Ill.: Story-press Corp., OCLC 18478577; republished as chapter IV, in Hugo Gernsback, editor, Amazing Stories, volume 1, New York, N.Y.: Experimenter Publishing, 1927, OCLC 988016180, page 997:
      "We haven't one chance for life in a hundred thousand if we don't find food and water upon Caprona. This water coming out of the cliff is not salt; but neither is it fit to drink, though each of us has drunk. It is fair to assume that inland the river is fed by pure streams, that there are fruits and herbs and game. Shall we lie out here and die of thirst and starvation with a land of plenty possibly only a few hundred yards away? We have the means for navigating a subterranean river. Are we too cowardly to utilize this means?"
  2. (figuratively) Severe shortage of resources.
    • 1963 February, “Diesel locomotive faults and their remedies”, in Modern Railways, page 99:
      Fuel starvation has several causes.
    • 2002, Allan N. Packer, Configuring and Tuning Databases on the Solaris Platform (page 362)
      However, if the ASE application is paged out because of memory starvation, the entire process is blocked and no useful work can be done until the required pages are brought into memory.
  3. (computer science) A state where a process is perpetually denied necessary resources to process its work.
    • 2004, Scott Oaks; Henry Wong, Java Threads, O'Reilly Media, →ISBN, page 138:
      Whenever multiple threads compete for a scarce resource, there is the danger of starvation, a situation in which the thread never gets the resource.

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