# A CDE Definition

asterisk

**(1)**See Asterisk PBX.

**(2)**In programming, the asterisk or "star" symbol (*) means multiplication. For example,

**10 * 7**means 10 multiplied by 7. The * is also a key on computer keypads for entering expressions using multiplication. Sometimes called a "splat," the asterisk is also used in programming as a dereferencing symbol. See dereference and star-dot-star.

**(3)**On calculator keyboards, the * key is the total key, and the "X" key is the multiplication key.

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