a comment bounded by arbirtrarily-sized delimiters
/**** this is an embedded_comment ***/ the characters at the start of this line have no affect on this ongoing comment Embed blocks of code that themselves contain block comments: /* Do the thing */ thing(); No problem. Now, lets end this comment. ****/
This allows for commented code to be safely commented out completely by including a sufficient number of asterisks to serve as an opening and closing delimiter.