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Open-source software that allows a computer to operate like a Private Branch Exchange (PBX). Connected telephones can make calls to one another and connect to other communications services like the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
asterisk (noun)
the character * used in printing or writing as a reference mark, as an indication of the omission of letters or words, to denote a hypothetical or unattested linguistic form, or for various arbitrary meanings
asterisk (verb)
transitive verb
to mark with an asterisk - star
Asterisk (Wikipedia)
In UnicodeU+002A * ASTERISK (HTML * · *, *)
See alsoU+203B REFERENCE MARK (HTML ※) (komejirushi)

The asterisk /ˈæst(ə)rɪsk/ *, from Late Latin asteriscus, from Ancient Greek ἀστερίσκος, asteriskos, "little star", is a typographical symbol or glyph. It is so called because it resembles a conventional image of a star.

Computer scientists and mathematicians often vocalize it as star (as, for example, in the A* search algorithm or C*-algebra). In English, an asterisk is usually five-pointed in sans-serif typefaces, six-pointed in serif typefaces, and six- or eight-pointed when handwritten. Its most common use is to call out a footnote. It is also often used to censor offensive words, and on the Internet, to indicate a correction to a previous message.

In computer science, the asterisk is commonly used as a wildcard character, or to denote pointers, repetition, or multiplication.

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