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wild·cardor wild card (wīld′kärd′)
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. Computers 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.
1. (Card Games) See wild14
2. (General Sporting Terms) sport
a. a player or team that has not qualified for a competition but is allowed to take part, at the organizers' discretion, after all the regular places have been taken
b. (as modifier): a wild-card entry.
3. an unpredictable element in a situation
4. (Computer Science) computing a symbol that can represent any character or group of characters, as in a filename
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|Noun||1.||wild card - an unpredictable factor; "the weather was a wild card"|
factor - anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"
|2.||wild card - a playing card whose value can be determined by the person who holds it|
playing card - one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games