metacharacter

Main Entry:  metacharacter2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the character of a concept
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Main Entry:  metacharacter
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a special character in a program or data field that controls or gives information about other characters; character that is interpreted by a computer program to mean something other than its literal meaning; also written meta character, meta-character
Usage:  computing
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