free store?

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    free store?

    I've come across this term that deals with dynamically allocted memory, but I can't seem to find a definition for it or a definitive explaination as to what it is. Can anyone help by providing a definition and/or explaination of what it is and/or what it refers to?

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    Well someone will have to confirm, but presumably it refers to the memory the OS gives your program. When you execute a program the OS allocates you a certain amount of RAM for your program to use, and this is called the free store.
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    from http://cplus.about.com/library/gloss...free_store.htm

    free store
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    Definition: A pool of memory used for dynamic memory allocation. Blocks of memory from this area are allocated for program use during execution using the new operator in C++ and the malloc function in C.

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