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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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We will announce the names of wild card recipients in due course.
The Aegon Classic is a major Wimbledon warm-up tournament, and sources suggest one of the available wild cards will be offered to Sharapova.
The Aegon Classic is a major Wimbledon warm-up tournament, and the BBC has reported that one of the available wild cards will be offered to Sharapova.
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