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1. One who holds an office or place, especially as a deputy, proxy, or appointed government official.
2. In a mathematical or logical expression, a symbol that may be replaced by the name of any element of a set.
3. In the decimal form of a number, a digit that is not significant.


1. (Mathematics) maths logic a symbol used in a logical or mathematical expression to represent another term or quantity that is not yet specified but may occupy that place later
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a section of text that is placed in a document, etc temporarily until the final text is inserted there at a later stage
3. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) commerce someone who occupies a position on behalf of someone else, such as a deputy during the absence of the superior officer
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government someone who holds an official or government post, esp a post that is given as a reward for supporting the group now in power, rather than on merit


(ˈpleɪsˌhoʊl dər)

a symbol in a mathematical or logical expression that may be replaced by the name of any element of the set.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.placeholder - a person authorized to act for another
agent - a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
2.placeholder - a symbol in a logical or mathematical expression that can be replaced by the name of any member of specified set
variable - a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity
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Those templates with placeholders were later called "mathlets" which stands for "mathematical letters".
To address this type of situation, IM "will allow firms to input Cy0' figures for the new questions within the Form, if they also update the Miscellaneous section of Schedule D to describe that the Cy0' values are only being submitted as placeholders until the firm's next required annual updating amendment," Frontline said.
Users can add placeholders, tag metadata, and easily add the document once available.
Access inserts the function name with parentheses around placeholders for the arguments that the function needs to evaluate the difference between two dates, as shown in Figure 1.
Another discrepancy in this leaked date is the fact that it does not coincide with the placeholders Gamestop and Amazon are showing on their sites.
TEHRAN (FNA)- It can be assumed many users of OneDrive rejoiced when Microsoft announced the return of placeholders in Windows 10.
They can then set up tokens as placeholders for data that will be merged from Insightly, like first name, last name, and email address and even use the custom fields they've added to Insightly in their documents.
Dashes are used as placeholders for higher-level industry group codes.
Filed in 2011, the case in Lewis and Clark County lists 95 plaintiffs and includes placeholders for up to 105 more in case others come forward in the future.
When they began their work, everything was clearly scripted, but much of the visual material was just placeholders.
Our current residual force in Iraq continues as far more than placeholders, working to assure that the still nascent Iraqi government moves toward something resembling democratic stability.
It also allows caption and credit placeholders to be created and styled so that when a photograph is placed in a frame, its metadata can come in styled automatically.