virtual memory


: a section of a hard drive that can be used as if it were an extension of a computer's random-access memory

called also virtual storage

Examples of virtual memory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the advanced features Apple bragged about, including virtual memory-swapping, require an iPad Pro or sixth-gen iPad Air with an Apple M1 chip. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 Apps can use the free storage as extra virtual memory for demanding functions and workflows. Chris Smith, BGR, 8 June 2022 Memory doesn’t actually go up to 18GB, but Nubia says in the press release the phones feature a RAM Boost memory compression technology that expands virtual memory so that 12GB of RAM is used like 18GB of RAM. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 4 Mar. 2021 In the meantime, the Playwrights' Center is honoring her with a virtual memory page. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 23 Feb. 2021 Osment appeared on Cyrus' Instagram Live show, BRIGHT MINDED: Live With Miley, and the pair took a trip down virtual memory lane. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 24 Mar. 2020 In short, the mitigation worked by isolating virtual memory page tables of user-mode threads from kernel memory. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 11 Nov. 2019 Petabytes of RAM Sunny Cove also makes the first major change to x64 virtual memory support since AMD introduced its x86-64 64-bit extension to x86 in 2003. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2018 This was because Apple wanted to give 32-bit applications access to the full 4GB of virtual memory, rather than splitting that 4GB between the program and the kernel. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 5 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of virtual memory was in 1959

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“Virtual memory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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