Computer science: what is a search mask?

Self-tutoring about computer science terminology: the tutor mentions “search mask”.

As I understand:

search mask (n): a pattern that matches must follow. The masked parts are variable, possibly indicated by wildcards. An example might be qu#te, # being the wildcard. Such a mask will match “quote” as well as “quite”.

Source:

ss64.com

nuance.com

techterms.com

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