metacharacter


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metacharacter

Informatics
A character interpreted by UNIX shells and Wisconsin Package programs in a pre-defined manner.
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Aurelio described the metacharacter as an alpha female, 'like an aswang or a manananggal, or the jins and devil women of wintertime in Japan.
For instance, in the sense relevant here, it is not the case that the English expression 'bank' is endowed of a contextually-sensitive meaning--roughly, a metacharacter sensitive to conversational interests, and able to yield either the constant function leading to financial institutions, or the different constant function associated with the sides of a river.
Whatever expectations may have been, no "union," in any deep sense of the word, took place, no national self-image was replaced by another, no "British" metacharacter evolved.