Definition of dereference in English:


Line breaks: de|refer|ence
Pronunciation: /diːˈrɛfərəns


[with object] Computing
  • Obtain the address of a data item held in another location from (a pointer).
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    • The x command evaluates and pretty-prints any expression, prepending a numbered index on each line of output, dereferencing anything that can be dereferenced and indenting each new level of dereferencing.
    • Therefore, each user or process that needs to resolve an identifier must know, a priori, which service should be used to dereference that identifier.
    • On other CPUs, the data dependency implied by the pointer dereference suffices, so on these CPUs, line 18 generates no code.

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