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arguments Object (JavaScript)

An object representing the arguments to the currently executing function, and the functions that called it.

[function.]arguments[n]

function

Optional. The name of the currently executing Function object.

n

Required. The zero-based index to argument values passed to the Function object.

You cannot explicitly create an arguments object. The arguments object only becomes available when a function begins execution. The arguments object of the function is not an array, but the individual arguments are accessed the same way array elements are accessed. The index n is actually a reference to one of the 0n properties of the arguments object.

The following example illustrates the use of the arguments object.

function ArgTest(a, b)
{
   var s = "";

   s += "Expected Arguments: " + ArgTest.length;
   s += "<br />";
   s += "Passed Arguments: " + arguments.length;
   s += "<br />";

   s += "The individual arguments are: "
   for (n = 0; n < arguments.length; n++)
   {
      s += ArgTest.arguments[n];
      s += " ";
   }

   document.write(s);
}

ArgTest(1, 2, "hello", new Date())

// Output:
// Expected Arguments: 2
// Passed Arguments: 4
// The individual arguments are: 1 2 hello Tues Jan 8 08:27:09 PST 20xx

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