[n] (computer science) the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions
[n] the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"
[n] a share set aside for a specific purpose
assigning, assignment, deal, distribution, grant, parcel, part, percentage, portion, portion, quota, rationing, reallocation, reallocation, reallotment, reapportionment, share, share, subsidisation, subsidization
\Al`lo*ca"tion\, n. [LL. allocatio: cf. F. allocation.]
1. The act of putting one thing to another; a placing; disposition; arrangement. --Hallam.
2. An allotment or apportionment; as, an allocation of shares in a company. The allocation of the particular portions of Palestine to its successive inhabitants. --A. R. Stanley.
3. The admission of an item in an account, or an allowance made upon an account; -- a term used in the English exchequer.