Updated: 05/14/2017 by Computer Hope

An image of an ellipsis.Term used to describe three periods "..." that are together. In English, the ellipsis is often used as an indication to show any omitted word or other text. You'll often see an ellipsis in file names and commands on a computer to indicate the full file name or command is not being displayed. For example, as seen in the picture, a folder could be named "Computer Hope" but displayed as "Compute..." because the file name column is not wide enough to display the full file name.

In computer programming a two period ".." or three period "..." ellipsis is often used to specify a range. For example, in the below Perl example "Hello World!" would be printed 20 times.

foreach (1...20) {
print "Hello World!\n";

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