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  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  inline 
 
    (Or  "unfold")  To  replace  a  {function}  call  with 
  an  instance  of  the  function's  body.  {Actual  argument} 
  expressions  are  substituted  for  {formal  parameters}  as  in 
  {beta  reduction}.  Inlining  is  usually  done  as  a 
  {compile-time}  transformation. 
 
  If  done  recklessly  (e.g.  attempting  to  inline  a  {recursive} 
  function)  the  {compiler}  will  fail  to  terminate.  If  done 
  over-enthusiastically  the  code  size  may  increase 
  exponentially,  e.g.  if  function  f  calls  g  twice,  and  g  calls  h 
  twice  and  h  is  inlined  in  g  which  is  inlined  in  f  (in  either 
  order)  then  there  will  be  four  copies  of  h's  body  in  f. 
 
  See  also  {linear  argument},  {unfold/fold}. 
 
  (1994-11-03)