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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My four continuum maps of reality: Finite maps the Mapmaker Infinite Territory A mind the Mapmaker a body Internal reality the Mapmaker External reality Words the Mapmaker non-verbal things
Finite maps are always less than the infinite territory.
If the thing has to be taught to a preverbal child then it is at the human static finite maps end of the continuum.