Discussion in 'English Only' started by Antonio, Dec 27, 2004.
What does the word "Wildcard" mean?
wild·card or wild card
1. Games. A playing card whose value can vary as determined by its holder.
2. Sports. An athlete or team selected to compete in a tournament or playoff from among those who did not qualify by meeting the regular requirements.
3. Computer Science. A symbol that stands for one or more unspecified characters, used especially in searching text and in selecting multiple files or directories.
4. Slang. An unpredictable or unforeseeable factor: A surprise witness proved to be the wild card at the trial.
In computer lingo it's a character that can represent something else. When you search for something online or inside files you add a "wildcard" to say "anything can go here".
Example, in the search string: SEARCH FOR: W**D
The "**" are wildcard characters. The search will return words like "wood", "wild", "word", "weld".
In card games like poker, a wildcard is usually the joker. When you receive a wildcard it can be substituted for any other card.
EXAMPLE: You are dealt 5, 6, 7, 8, and a joker. If "jokers are wild" you can substitute the joker for a "9" and have a straight.
Of course if you're not familiar with poker this probably won't make any sense...
Wow....I didn't realize that that word had so many meanings!
I also don't find a definition for "wildcard" (all togehter) in wordreference, so, thanks Tomas Robinson!
wildcard - WordReference.com Dictionary of English
Yes, but wordreference says "wild card" .
Thanks for the correction
Fair enough. You will find that, in English, words evolve
from two words that express a single (or specific) idea
to two hyphenated words as they become commoner
until finally the two words become one word.
and that, often, all three forms exist together.
Thanks once again for your time!
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