Definition of memory leak in English:

memory leak

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noun

Computing
  • A failure in a program to release discarded memory, causing impaired performance or failure.
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    • The visibility it gives us into our network has proven its worth multiple times from identifying software with a memory leak on one server to finding a piece of spyware saturating a network segment on another machine.
    • The bug is a memory leak in the default digitizer that ships with the system, and has been irking users for over a year.
    • If you run multiple programs at once and your computer crashes after hours of use, it is difficult to find out which program might be suffering from a memory leak and causing the crash.

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