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wild card

1. See wild (sense 4)
2. Computing a symbol that can represent any character or group of characters, as in a filename

wild card

[′wīld ‚kärd]
(computer science)
A symbolic character in a search argument such that any character will satisfy it.

wild card

(operating system, programming, text)
(From card games in which certain cards, often the joker, can act as any other card) A special character or character sequence which matches any character in a string comparison, like ellipsis ("...") in ordinary written text.

In Unix filenames '?' matches any single character and '*' matches any zero or more characters. In regular expressions, '.' matches any one character and "[...]" matches any one of the enclosed characters.

See also Backus-Naur Form.
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In the NL, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are tied for the wild-card slots.
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Double European champions Leicester can qualify for next season's Heineken Cup only if they win the wild-card competition.
The deadline for applications from teams in countries ranked in the top 12 is next Monday, meaning competition for a wild-card will intensify as this week goes on.
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It wasn't only in the AT&T Park visitors' clubhouse, all picked up after the wild-card clinching party the day before, that a case could be heard for the Dodgers to go farther than they have since the 1988 World Series championship.
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But by taking a one-game lead over the Phillies, the Dodgers set their magic number in the wild-card race at five with five games to go.
Along with Querrey, reigning USTA 18-under boys' national champion Donald Young of Atlanta earned his second consecutive wild-card berth into the main draw at the National Tennis Center.
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