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declaration

1. the ruling of a judge or court on a question of law, esp in the chancery division of the High Court
2. Law an unsworn statement of a witness admissible in evidence under certain conditions
3. Cricket the voluntary closure of an innings before all ten wickets have fallen
4. Contract bridge the final contract
5. Cards an announcement of points made after taking a trick, as in bezique

declaration

[‚dek·lə′rā·shən]
(computer science)

declaration

In programming, an instruction or statement that defines some type of program element (fields, variables, functions, arrays, etc.), as well as resources. Declarations do not generally create executable code. More often, they describe the structures in the program so that the compiler knows how to deal with them.
References in classic literature ?
Her constitution declares, "that the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments shall be separate and distinct; so that neither exercise the powers properly belonging to the other; nor shall any person exercise the powers of more than one of them at the same time, except that the justices of county courts shall be eligible to either House of Assembly.
The constitution of North Carolina, which declares "that the legislative, executive, and supreme judicial powers of government ought to be forever separate and distinct from each other," refers, at the same time, to the legislative department, the appointment not only of the executive chief, but all the principal officers within both that and the judiciary department.
But in his stead, Mr Allworthy hath lately taken Mr Abraham Adams into his house, of whom Sophia is grown immoderately fond, and declares he shall have the tuition of her children.
And this desire of theirs is attended with such success, that the old gentleman declares he was never happy in his life till now.
Sophia hath already produced him two fine children, a boy and a girl, of whom the old gentleman is so fond, that he spends much of his time in the nursery, where he declares the tattling of his little grand-daughter, who is above a year and a half old, is sweeter music than the finest cry of dogs in England.
July 28: Austria declares war on Serbia which causes Russia to mobilise its troops.