de·​lim·​it·​er di-ˈli-mə-tər How to pronounce delimiter (audio)
: a character that marks the beginning or end of a unit of data

Examples of delimiter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This image shows a URL with the delimiters scheme, user info, hostname, port, path, query, and fragment. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 18 May 2023 URLs use delimiters between each syntactic element. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 18 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of delimiter was in 1958

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“Delimiter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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