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wild·card

or wild card  (wīld′kärd′)
n.
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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wild card

n
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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
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Translations

wild card

n (Comput) → wild card m inv
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