from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Games A playing card whose value can vary as determined by its holder.
- n. 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.
- n. Computer Science A symbol that stands for one or more unspecified characters, used especially in searching text and in selecting multiple files or directories.
- n. Slang An unpredictable or unforeseeable factor: A surprise witness proved to be the wild card at the trial.
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- n. A character that takes the place of any other character or string that is not known or specified.
- n. An uncontrolled or unpredictable element.
- n. An element, often deliberately concealed, which is withheld for contingency.
- n. Alternative form of wild card.
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PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster in research note issued about an hour ago, raises what he describes as a wildcard possibility around Apple's Sept. 9 event: That it may include an update or refresh to AppleTV.
In that race the wildcard is unlikely to be the initial victory margin, but instead disputes over the tens of thousands of write-in votes to be cast for potential winner Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
The wildcard is that we might be re-releasing the movie this fall.
Another wildcard is Chinese monetary policy and its own M3 growth, which would be quite interesting to know.
My wildcard is a three cup rice cooker from the local hardware store.
Another wildcard is the prospect of government spending cuts.
- Added folder name wildcard matching for album art search.
· Added folder name wildcard matching for album art search.
But the wildcard is the - the European is planning to shut downs and a lot of the OEMs shut their plants down.