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delimiter

[dih-lim-i-ter]
noun Computers.
  1. a blank space, comma, or other character or symbol that indicates the beginning or end of a character string, word, or data item.
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Origin of delimiter

First recorded in 1960–65; delimit + -er1
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  • Transcriber's Note: Italics in the text are indicated by the use of an underscore as delimiter, thusly.

    The Life of John Sterling

    Thomas Carlyle


Word Origin and History for delimiter

n.

1960, in computing, agent noun from delimit.

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