virtual memory

(computer science) memory created by using the hard disk to simulate additional random-access memory; the addressable storage space available to the user of a computer system in which virtual addresses are mapped into real addresses
Syn: ↑virtual storage
Topics: ↑computer science, ↑computing
Hypernyms: ↑memory, ↑computer memory, ↑storage, ↑computer storage, ↑store, ↑memory board

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ˌvirtual ˈmemory 7 [virtual memory] (also ˌvirtual ˈstorage) noun uncountable (computing)
extra memory that is automatically created when all the normal memory is being used

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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