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Definition of Wildcard search

Wildcard search Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
DW and OLAP terms
The use of placeholders (such as * or ?) to perform a search for data in a table or field. For example, searching the Last Name field in a database using Smith*, could result in finding all records in which the last name starts with Smith, including Smith, Smithson, Smithlin, and so forth.