control character
  • A character utilized to control a device, computer, piece of equipment, or system.
  • Within the ASCII character set, a control character (1). Such a character has an assigned numeric value, representing an ASCII code, and controls a function such as backspace.
  • A character which is typed in conjunction with the control key, such as control-A. The specific function for any given key combination will depend on which program is running.

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