Definition of control character in English:

control character

Line breaks: con|trol char|ac¦ter

noun

Computing
  • A character that does not represent a printable character but serves to initiate a particular action.
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    • 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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