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Wildcards - Definition

In computer software technology, a Wildcard character can be used to substitute for any other character or characters in a string. Wildcards act as placeholders for missing characters in filenames. For example, An asterisk (*) matches any number of characters in a filename, including none and the question mark (?) matches any single character. The term wildcard or wild card was originally used in card games to describe a card that can be assigned any value that its holder desires.

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