stack overflow

<programming>

An error condition which results from attempting to push more items onto a stack than space has been allocated for. Often, this will simply overwrite the adjacent memory locations causing hard-to-trace bugs.

Stack overflow can result, for example, from an insufficient number of stack frames to handle hardware interrupts.

Last updated: 1995-03-21

Nearby terms:

stacking orderstack loaderstack overflowstack pointerstack puke

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