- The definition of an asterisk is a symbol that is a six pointed star that is most often used to denote an absence or omission of information, or to refer a reader to a notation.
An example of when an asterisk might be used is to take the place of an omitted letter in a curse word.
- To asterisk is defined as to use the six pointed star as a notation device.
An example of something you may asterisk is a price in order to refer a reader to a footnote explaining the conditions of the pricing.
Origin: Late Latin asteriscus ; from Classical Greek asteriskos, diminutive of astēr, star
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Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin asteriscus, from Greek asteriskos, diminutive of astēr, star; see ster-3 in Indo-European roots.
asterisk - Computer Definition
(1) See Asterisk PBX.
(2) In programming, the asterisk or "star" symbol (*) means multiplication. For example, 10 * 7 means 10 multiplied by 7. The * is also a key on computer keypads for entering expressions using multiplication. Sometimes called a "splat," the asterisk is also used in programming as a dereferencing symbol. See dereference and star-dot-star.
(3) On calculator keyboards, the * key is the total key, and the "X" key is the multiplication key.
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