Definition of garbage collector in English:

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garbage collector

noun

1North American A person employed to cart away household trash and garbage.
Example sentences
  • He is the longest-serving chief of staff in 46 years, yet he reminds people that he toiled many years at a McDonald's and spent one summer as a garbage collector.
  • The way he saw it, you were either a garbage collector or a CEO.
  • Get rid of everything you're not emotionally attached to, and give it to Goodwill, a cousin or the garbage collector.
2 Computing A program that automatically removes unwanted data held temporarily in memory during processing.
Example sentences
  • Java has a garbage collector to free memory consumed by objects which are no longer used.
  • We will cover memory management and the garbage collector as well as the best methods for cleaning up unmanaged resources.
  • The memory management supplied by the CLI is administered by a garbage collector.
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