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 for activation record
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  activation record
  data frame
  stack frame
  
      (Or "data frame", "stack frame") A data structure
     containing the variables belonging to one particular scope
     (e.g. a procedure body), as well as links to other activation
     records.
  
     Activation records are usually created (on the stack) on
     entry to a block and destroyed on exit.  If a procedure or
     function may be returned as a result, stored in a variable and
     used in an outer scope then its activation record must be
     stored in a heap so that its variables still exist when it
     is used.  Variables in the current scope are accessed via
     the frame pointer which points to the current activation
     record.  Variables in an outer scope are accessed by following
     chains of links between activation records.  There are two
     kinds of link - the static link and the dynamic link.
  
     (1995-03-07)
  

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