Wildcard

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Antonio, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. Antonio Senior Member

    Monterrey
    Mexico/Spanish
    Hi Group,

    What does the word "Wildcard" mean?
     
  2. Philippa

    Philippa Senior Member

    Reading
    Britain - English
    Hi Antonio
    wild·card or wild card
    n.
    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.

    from dictionary.com

    Philippa
     
  3. Tomas Robinson

    Tomas Robinson Senior Member

    Puerto Rico
    USA, English & Spanish
    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. :D

    Of course if you're not familiar with poker this probably won't make any sense... :eek:

    Cheers! :)
     
  4. vachecow Senior Member

    Pennsylvania
    USA English
    Wow....I didn't realize that that word had so many meanings!
     
  5. Luis.Olias

    Luis.Olias Senior Member

    Spanish, Spain
    I also don't find a definition for "wildcard" (all togehter) in wordreference, so, thanks Tomas Robinson!
     
  6. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
  7. Luis.Olias

    Luis.Olias Senior Member

    Spanish, Spain
    Thanks!

    Yes, but wordreference says "wild card" .

    Thanks for the correction
     
  8. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    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.
     
  9. Luis.Olias

    Luis.Olias Senior Member

    Spanish, Spain
    Thanks once again for your time!
     

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