Definitions for obelusˈɒb ə ləs; -ˌlaɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ob•e•lusˈɒb ə ləs; -ˌlaɪ(n.)(pl.)-li
a mark (− or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to point out questionable words or passages.
Origin of obelus:
1350–1400; ME < LL < Gk obelós spit, pointed pillar
A mark, similar to or u00F7, used to indicate a written or printed passage.
A dagger mark, , often used to indicate a footnote.
a mark [thus /, or Ö ]; -- so called as resembling a needle. In old MSS. or editions of the classics, it marks suspected passages or readings.
An obelus is a symbol consisting of a short horizontal line with a dot above and below. It is mainly used to represent the mathematical operation of division. It is therefore commonly called the division sign. The symbol represents a fraction with dots in place of the denominator and numerator.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a small coin worth about a penny, according to a custom among the Greeks placed in the mouth of a corpse at burial to pay to Charon to ferry the ghost of it over the Styx.
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