Wild Card

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Any unpredictable factor or unknown in a data set or series of domains
Informatics An alphanumeric keyboard character—e.g., asterisk—which can stand for any character, a wide range of characters, no character, or a question mark
Sports medicine A playoff slot for a person or team that didn’t qualify for the playoffs during regular season
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But a Bath victory in the Parker Pen final would leave Leeds requiring wild card success to secure Heineken Cup status.
We spent a lot of time deciding on the wild cards and we have done the best possible job," said Karti Chidambaram, who is actively involved in hosting the event.
Though it seemed unlikely a few weeks ago, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have picked up steam and are right back in the hunt for both the AL East title and the Wild Card spot in the American league.
Three of the eight wild cards for the men's singles have yet to be awarded and Wimbledon organisers explained that "at least one wild card" was always held back to the end of this week "in case a player with an outstanding claim asks for one.
The value-packed 3-for-1 Wild Card Vacation Package offers three days of unlimited admission, for any size family, to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, plus two nights lodging at any Colonial Williamsburg Hotel or the nearby Kingsmill Resort.
Little said he has no preference between winning the division and the wild card.
The Company anticipates that Wild Card games will generate new subscribers and increase online advertising.
Former Glendale High standout Robert Yim was one of nine American men who received wild cards into the men's qualifying draw, which begins Tuesday.
BRITAIN'S Jonathan Marray, Alex Bogdanovic and Lee Childs were yesterday handed wild cards to Wimbledon.
One of the most attractive features of Wild Card Software is their five-year history of responding to and incorporating customers' feedback.
Hilary Barte was buried in the middle of the draw, an unseeded player needing a wild card just to gain entry into the tournament.
NFC East: Winners Dallas Cowboys will host wild card game.