allow to remain in a place or position; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"
Indicates that the server should be instructed not to reset if the xrdb command is the first client. This should never be necessary under normal conditions, since the xdm and xinit commands always act as the first client. This option is specific to X11R5.
REmote Technical Assistance and Information Network. System allowing customers and IBM access to a database of problems and fixes on IBM kit. RETAIN’s SSF (Service Support Facility) enables iSeries 400 systems to report problems and get fixes without user intervention; SSF is also available for other platforms.
Incrementing the reference count of an object. An object with a positive reference count is not freed. (A newly created object has a reference count of one.) Drivers can ensure the persistence of an object beyond the present scope by retaining it. Many APIs automatically execute a retain on the callerâ€(tm)s behalf, particularly APIs used to create or gain access to objects. Retains and releases must be carefully balanced; too many retains will result in wired memory leak. See also "release".
The ability in some shmups to keep some or all of the power-ups that one has collected after being shot down, instead of being brought back to â€œsquare oneâ€ and forced to collect all enhancements again.