from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who holds an office or place, especially:
  • n. One who acts as a deputy or proxy.
  • n. One who holds an appointed office in a government.
  • n. In a mathematical or logical expression, a symbol that may be replaced by the name of any element of a set.
  • n. In the decimal form of a number, a digit that is not significant.

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  • n. Something used or included temporarily or as a substitute for something that is not known or must remain generic; that which holds, denotes or reserves a place for something to come later.

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  • n. a person authorized to act for another
  • n. a symbol in a logical or mathematical expression that can be replaced by the name of any member of specified set


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place +‎ holder.


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