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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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Moreover, why should a division champ possibly have to "re-defeat" an advancing wild card team (in the League Championship Series) that it already had bested during the regular season?
It also comes after eight previous wild cards for the 26-year-old, who has lost in the first round of the singles event on all of his visits to Wimbledon.
Both teams are second in their division standings and post wild card odds of 11-10 and 2-1 respectively.
Depending on the outcome of other games, even though Sale lost, they could still stake a claim for the Wild Card final.
Quins secured a wild card spot by denying Wasps a 12th successive victory.
The practice of simply handing out wild cards,effectively worth almost pounds 8,000 in 2002,for simply turning up has long been widely criticised as providing easy money for journeyman British professionals.
But if your worksheet contains asterisks and you want to replace them with 4s, you need to tell Excel to cancel the asterisk's wild card attribute by placing a tilde ('~) before it like this: ~*
To be eligible for a free place, Wild Card entrants are required to justify their potential as a meetings and incentive travel destination or a new convention and conference centre.
Somdev has also received a doubles wild card and will figure in the draw with Sanam Singh.
The case for the Dodgers to be the fourth wild card in fiveyears to win a World Series -- or at least get their first series win or pennant since '88 -- begins with a simple, declarative, ``Why not them?
com has posted odds on which team will stake claim to the Wild Card spots in the American League and National League races.
Monty chose his former Ryder Cup partner as his wild card for the Britain and Ireland team to face Continental Europe in the clash in El Saler, Spain.