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escape character[ə′skāp ‚kar·ik·tər]
A character used to indicate that the succeeding character or characters are expressed in a code different from the code currently in use.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
escape characterThe symbol used to begin an escape command in order to execute some operation. See escape code.
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