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picture

[′pik·chər]
(computer science)
In COBOL, a symbolic description of each data element or item according to specified rules concerning numerals, alphanumerics, location of decimal points, and length.
(communications)
The image on the screen of a television receiver.
(graphic arts)
The image produced by a photographic process.

picture

picture

In programming, a pattern that describes the type of data allowed in a field or the way the data should be printed. The pattern is made up of a character code for each character in the field; for example, 9999 is a picture for four numeric digits. A picture for a telephone number could be (999) 999-9999. Three alphanumerics followed by three numeric digits might be XXX999. Pictures are similar, but not identical, in all programming languages. See also graphics and graphics formats.


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Aided by hundreds of children (who either took pictures or participated in getting the pictures where they would be seen) as well as thousands of members of the general public who offered what they had captured, the result was impressive.
Getting the pictures of suspects or a missing child out to the public as quickly as possible is always the goal," says Walsh.
His sister Philomena McCann said: "We don't care about the money but we do care about getting the pictures of Madeleine back.