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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.

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
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
Translations

wild card

n (Comput) → wild card m inv
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BY HECTOR NUNNS MARK WILLIAMS has branded a decision to deny teenage sensation Jackson Page a wild-card place for this month's Welsh Open "a joke".
In addition to the point spreads, prop bets for the Wild-Card Weekend games should get plenty of action.
HARDLINE Colin Montgomerie has warned his Ryder Cup hopefuls they can kiss their chances of a wild-card pick goodbye if they snub the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Wild-card scenarios are, by definition, unlikely to happen.
Shanghai Masters draw (starts August 6) - top half: J Higgins v J Cope, M Selby v S McKenzie or wild-card TBA, M Williams v S Bingham, R O'Sullivan v S Pettman or wild-card TBA, P Ebdon v D Harold, S Davis v F O'Brien or wild-card TBA, A Carter v A Gun-nell or wild-card TBA, K Doherty v D Dale or wild-card TBA; bottom half: S Murphy v I McCulloch, R Day v T Drago or wild-card TBA, S Maguire v M Judge or wild-card TBA, N Robertson v M Stevens, S Hendry v N Bond, S Lee v M Fu, D Junhui v M Dunn or wild-card TBA, G Dott v M Holt.
Burroughs 3, Lompoc 2 (OT): Gilen Guenther scored the deciding goal in overtime for host Burroughs of Burbank in the wild-card game.
EASTBOURNE'S David Norris has been named as the wild-card for the British Grand Prix at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, June 11.
I do think, at that time of year, players have sat back and thought of their Wimbledon wild-card.
LEEDS face a mission improbable against Zurich Premiership wild-card opponents Saracens today in what should be their last game of an impressive season.
Jim Phillips, partner at Pharos Capital Group, was recently selected to be a judge in the first round, or Wild-Card weekend, of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC(R)), sponsored by the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
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THE calculations needed to decide the final make-up of Europe's Ryder Cup team could set off a nuclear device in some Pacific atoll - and were clouded further when two of the wild-card favourites decided to miss this week's final counting event, the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.