associative key

associative key

[ə′sō·sē‚ād·iv ′kē]
(computer science)
In a computer system with an associative memory, a field used to reference items through comparing the value of the field with corresponding fields in each memory cell and retrieving the contents of matching cells.
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Some comments on the techniques of motivic development, musical signifiers, associative keys, and other devices, are in essence no different from perceptive essays on program music found throughout the literature.
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