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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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Murray admitted even if he'd taken a wildcard it was more likely he would not have played given how heavy his legs felt.
The total consideration for the acquisition will be based on a three-year earnout at a maximum of seven times wildcard's profit after tax if the business achieves certain income and profit growth targets.
The move by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) comes after Sharapova, ranked 148th this week, was rejected for a wildcard spot into the French Open and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury.
"A wildcard is being held in reserve for Murray, who will let tournament director Stephen Farrow know nearer the time of the event if he is fit enough to take it," said a statement from Queen's.
Since the *apple* wildcard worked so well with VLOOKUP, I created a data set where we could test to see if SUMIFS would allow wildcards as well.
We have a scheduled meeting on June 18 ahead of the championships to decide on wildcards.
Now the Demigod Squad are appealing for help to gain wildcard entry to the competition and are hoping to wow the judges with their hip hop moves.
"I am happy also because we gave Malek the wildcard again this year.
Twelve of the world's best and four wildcard entries took part in the tournament, which sees competitors get three minutes to hit eight balls as far as possible in four sudden death knockout rounds for the a share of the Dh94,500 (u19,000) prize pool.
"We are extremely pleased that Wildcard has joined FarGo and we look forward to watching it grow and develop."
Studio Wildcard brought an unpleasant news to fans of its Early Access dinosaur survival game, entitled "Ark: Survival Evolved." Apparently, the development of the game has encountered a setback that ultimately made the developer decide to just push back its release date by three weeks.