A delimited text file is one in which each line of text is a record, and the fields are separated by a known character.
The character used to delimit the data varies according to the type of data. Common delimiters include the tab character (\t in Perl) or various punctuation characters. The delimiter should always be one which does not appear in the data.
Delimited text files are easily produced by most desktop spreadsheet and database applications (eg Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access). You can usually choose "File" then "Save As" or "Export", then select the type of file you would like to save as.
Imagine a file which contains peoples' given names, surnames, and ages, delimited by the pipe (|) symbol:
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