What is asterisk?

  • (noun): A star-shaped character * used in printing.
    Synonyms: star
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An asterisk (*; Late Latin: asteriscus, from Greek: ἀστερίσκος, asteriskos, "little star") is a typographical symbol or glyph. It is so called because it resembles a conventional image of a star. Computer scientists and mathematicians often pronounce it as star (as, for example, in the A* search algorithm or C*-algebra), or, more informally, splat. In English, an asterisk is usually five-pointed in sans-serif typefaces, six-pointed in serif typefaces, and six- or eight-pointed when handwritten. It can be used to censor out swear words or objectionable text.

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Asterisk Art Project - History
... Originally named "The Asterisk Young Artist Project", the space was opened on November 16, 2002 by brothers Aaron Mason and Cory Mason ... In 2006 a second Asterisk, Asterisk Hawaii, opened in Honolulu hosting photo shoots, exhibitions, live musical performances, and film productions ...
Asterisk Gateway Interface
... Asterisk Gateway Interface (AGI) is a software interface and communications protocol for application level control of selected features of the Asterisk PBX ... AGI allows an external, user-written program, launched from the Asterisk dial plan via pipes to control telephony operations on its associated control ... for writing the external program which communicates with Asterisk via stdin and stdout ...
Arabic Star - Variants
... In many modern fonts, however, the asterisk is five-pointed, and the Arabic star is sometimes six- or eight-pointed ... Asterisk Full-width Asterisk Arabic star five-pointed star six-pointed star eight-pointed star * * ٭ ★ ✶ ✴ ...
... trixbox (formerly Asterisk@Home) is a software PBX based on Asterisk ... was initially released under the name Asterisk@Home ... requested that its developers cease the use of the word "Asterisk" the renaming was further justified by the fact that the product at that time consisted of much more than just Asterisk ...
Asterisk - Encodings
... The Unicode standard states that the asterisk is distinct from U+066D ٭ arabic five pointed star (HTML #1645), U+2217 ∗ asterisk operator (HTML #872 ... Asterisk Asterisk Operator Heavy Asterisk Small Asterisk Full Width Asterisk Open Centre Asterisk * ∗ ✱ ﹡ * ✲ Low Asterisk Arabic star East Asian reference mark Teardrop-Spoked ...

More definitions of "asterisk":

  • (verb): Mark with an asterisk.
    Synonyms: star