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control character

Syllabification: con·trol char·ac·ter

Definition of control character in English:

noun

Computing
A character that does not represent a printable character but serves to initiate a particular action.
Example sentences
  • Unicode, like ASCII, assigns a unique number to each letter, number, symbol and control character.
  • You may also run across hand-edited neutral data files that are missing large sections, contain control characters, and so on.
  • They were used for control characters, like 7 which made your computer beep and 12 which caused the current page of paper to go flying out of the printer and a new one to be fed in.

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