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- (alchemy) The symbol for sal ammoniac.
- (astronomy) A star.
- (algebra) Complex or transpose conjugate; conjugate.
- (linear algebra, functional analysis) Dual space
- (algebra, computer science) Free monoid or Kleene star.
- In the language defined by
AB*A, each string starts with an A, ends with a distinct A, and between them has zero or more Bs.
- In the language defined by
- Used at the beginning of a footnote, especially if it is the only one on the page, and after a word, phrase, or sentence that this footnote relates to.
- (Internet slang, informal) Used in pairs around a word or phrase to indicate emphasis; especially, used in plain-text contexts to simulate italics or boldface.
- This is a *big* problem.
- (historical linguistics) Used before or after a term to denote that it is only hypothesized and not actually attested, conveying two distinct notions:
- (when used before a term) That the term is reconstructed on the basis of comparative method by linguists, as the plausible ancestor form of existing, attested term in one or more languages.
- (when used after a term) That the term is actually attested, but not in its citation form that is being mentioned.
- PIE *ḱonk- yielded Vedic śaṅk-ate "worries, hesitates", as well as pre-Germanic *kank-, whence also Gothic hāhan* "to hang".
- (when used before a term) That the term is reconstructed by linguists as the etymon of some of the attested words, but in a more uncertain, speculative way, usually hypothesizing not on the basis of regular sound correspondences of the comparative method, but on the basis of some far-fetched prehistoric relationship that cannot be neither proved nor disproved, or otherwise scientifically falsified.
- His theory of the Proto-Slavic *kъniga being ultimately derived from Chinese, via the middle form *kūinig, reflecting ancient routes of cultural influx from the East, has not gained a firm ground in the Slavicist circles in the last century.
- (descriptive linguistics) Used before a term (word, or a sentence or phrase) to show that it is grammatically incorrect, or in some other way ill-formed.
- English prepositions come before the associated noun: we say She lives in Rome, not *She lives Rome in.
- Roots like **bep- were not allowed in Proto-Indo-European.
- (Internet slang) Used before or after a word to show a correction has been made, chiefly by the same participant.
- I'm our of time. / out*
- (computing) Used in various computing contexts as a multiplication symbol.
- (Internet) Indicates a field of a form that should be filled out obligatorily.
- (cricket) Marks a score or statistic that is incomplete; for example the score of a batsman who is (or was) not out.
- (computing) Used as a wildcard to denote zero or more characters.
- (multiplication symbol): **
- (beginning a footnote): †, ‡, **
- (multiplication symbol): +, -, /, %, ^, **
- (for emphasis): /, _, [capitalization], [all-capitals]
- (grammatically incorrect): ?
- (wildcard): ?
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