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 for call-by-reference
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  call-by-reference
  
      An argument passing convention where the
     address of an argument variable is passed to a function or
     procedure, as opposed to passing the value of the argument
     expression.  Execution of the function or procedure may have
     side-effects on the actual argument as seen by the caller.
     The C language's "&" (address of) and "*" (dereference)
     operators allow the programmer to code explicit
     call-by-reference.  Other languages provide special syntax to
     declare reference arguments (e.g. ALGOL 60).
  
     See also call-by-name, call-by-value,
     call-by-value-result.
  
     (2006-05-27)
  

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