Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

place +‎ holder. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • What the heck are the Goobermen made of? backtrack a little in the archives, you'll see that the title placeholder for the Clayin Saga has finally been filled.

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  • • Insert a new slide with a title placeholder and a bulleted list placeholder (Title and Text).

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  • The political machine already had a short-term placeholder in the Senate.

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  • Now all they needed was a long-term placeholder, and everything had been arranged.

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  • Every girl's favorite part of the tea was that they each had a small silver bell, which served as their name placeholder, which they were instructed to ring when they needed anything.

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  • So, again, I don't want to use the word placeholder but we obviously need to plan for additional environmental assuming environmental regulations.

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  • But then, she told Bob and Mark that, "It is certainly a possibility to consider that kind of strategy there," where she would appoint someone as a "placeholder" - someone who would NOT run for the office in a special election, so that other people could get out there and "duke it out" and fight for the seat without anyone having the advantage of having kept the seat warm.

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  • Huddleston’s site is still in placeholder mode, so if you’re interested check back on it later.

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  • And I read to him from the Normal Book, telling him all the broad and wide and far-reaching definitions of the word normal, the way people use it as a placeholder, a code word, a Band-Aid.

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