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asterisk


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asterisk  \As"ter*isk\,  n.  [L.  asteriscus,  Gr  ?,  dim.  of  'asth`r 
  star.  See  {Aster}.] 
  The  figure  of  a  star,  thus  ?,  used  in  printing  and  writing 
  as  a  reference  to  a  passage  or  note  in  the  margin,  to  supply 
  the  omission  of  letters  or  words  or  to  mark  a  word  or  phrase 
  as  having  a  special  character. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asterisk 
  n  :  a  star-shaped  character  *  used  in  printing  [syn:  {star}] 
  v  :  mark  with  an  asterisk;  "Linguists  star  unacceptable 
  sentences"  [syn:  {star}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  asterisk 
 
    "*"  {ASCII}  code  42.  Common  names  include:  star; 
  {INTERCAL}:  {splat};  {ITU-T}:  asterisk.  Rare:  {wild  card}; 
  gear;  dingle;  mult;  spider;  aster;  times;  twinkle;  {glob}; 
  {Nathan  Hale}.  Commonly  used  as  the  multiplication  operator 
  and  as  the  {Kleene  star}. 
 
  (2000-07-26) 
 
 




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