associative array

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associative array

(programming)
(Or "hash", "map", "dictionary") An array where the indices are not just integers but may be arbitrary strings.

awk and its descendants (e.g. Perl) have associative arrays which are implemented using hash coding for faster look-up.
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The fast and efficient "Lua" scripting engine offers all of the functionality expected by professional developers, from functions and control structures to arithmetic operators and associative arrays.

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