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[dih-lim-i-ter] /dɪˈlɪm ɪ tər/
noun, Computers.
a blank space, comma, or other character or symbol that indicates the beginning or end of a character string, word, or data item.
Origin of delimiter
1960-65; delimit + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for delimiter
  • In this example, you are converting a tab delimited file, and thus will select a specific delimiter.
  • Do not place a record delimiter before the first record of a file.
  • If the primary business phone number is not sent, then a repeat delimiter must be sent in the first sequence.
  • Each record in the file must be followed by a record delimiter.
  • In a standard full-line comment, the comment delimiter itself must always appear in column zero.
Word Origin and History for delimiter

1960, in computing, agent noun from delimit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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delimiter in Technology

A character or string used to separate, or mark the start and end of, items of data in, e.g., a database, source code, or text file.
See also: record.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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