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or 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.
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PESHAWAR -- Vice President Pakistan Olympic Association Syed Aqil Shah Monday expressed the hope that Pakistan would succeed in winning wildcard entries for two to three disciplines in the forthcoming Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 17-22, 2016.
CATRIONA MATTHEW has been named as a European wildcard to face the USA in the Solheim Cup next month.
A wildcard in the line-up can bring a different balance.
LAURA ROBSON has pleaded with Wimbledon bosses to give her a wildcard after her comeback from 17 months of injury torment came crashing down after just 58 minutes.
After easing past Lu 6-4 7-5, Murray praised the LTA for removing the top-250 guideline wildcard qualification limit he views as arbitrary.
Out of the final 12, two were announced on the evening as wildcard choices, with the public wildcard vote going to nine-year-old Jesse-Jane McParland and the judges' wildcard choice was dance group, Boyband.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Developer Wildcard Studios announced an open-world dinosaur game called Ark: Survival Evolved, and the first trailer does not disappoint.
1 A phishing wildcard is a set of symbols describing a group of links detected by the system as phishing links.
A new format for the former Welsh Premier League Cup will see the introduction of four wildcard entries.
Dubai: Tunisian wildcard Malek Jaziri became the first Arab to reach the latter stages of the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open in over a decade on Wednesday.
Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh have each chosen three acts to take through to the finals, plus their wildcard.
The talented teenage ace from Albrighton said: "I'm so pleased to get the wildcard because it's a massive, massive meeting.