[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. delillo,
  2. delillo, don,
  3. delimit,
  4. delimitate,
  5. delimitation,
  6. delimiting keratotomy,
  7. delineate,
  8. delineation,
  9. delineator,
  10. delineavit

Origin of delimiter

First recorded in 1960–65; delimit + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for delimiter

  • Transcriber's Note: Italics in the text are indicated by the use of an underscore as delimiter, thusly.

Word Origin and History for delimiter



1960, in computing, agent noun from delimit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper