What does hyphen mean?
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a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
divide or connect with a hyphen
"hyphenate these words and names"
Symbol "-", typically used to join two or more words to form a compound term, or to indicate that a word has been split at the end of a line.
Something that links two more consequential things.
To separate or punctuate with a hyphen; to hyphenate.
Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-".
You are sitting at the wrong table, if I may be so bold, among the misguided who believe in the mass murder of mentalities, otherwise known as the liberal arts hyphen vocational training hyphen education.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A note of conjunction: as, vir-tue, ever-living.
The hyphen ‐ is a punctuation mark used to join words and to separate syllables of a single word. The use of hyphens is called hyphenation. Son-in-law is an example of a hyphenated word. The hyphen is sometimes confused with dashes (figure dash ‒, en dash –, em dash —, horizontal bar ―), which are longer and have different uses, or with the minus sign −, which is also longer and more vertically centred in some typefaces. Although hyphens are not to be confused with en dashes, there are some overlaps in usage (in which either a hyphen or an en dash may be acceptable, depending on user preference, as discussed below). In addition, the hyphen often substitutes for the en dash elsewhere in informal writing. As an orthographic concept, the hyphen is a single entity. In terms of character encoding and display, it is represented by any of several characters and glyphs, including the Unicode hyphen (shown at the top of the infobox on this page), the hyphen-minus, the soft (optional) hyphen, and the non-breaking hyphen. The character most often used to represent a hyphen is called the "hyphen-minus" by Unicode, deriving from the original ASCII standard, where it was called "hyphen (minus)".
a mark or short dash, thus [-], placed at the end of a line which terminates with a syllable of a word, the remainder of which is carried to the next line; or between the parts of many a compound word; as in fine-leaved, clear-headed. It is also sometimes used to separate the syllables of words
to connect with, or separate by, a hyphen, as two words or the parts of a word
Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. "yfe`n, fr. "yf "e`n under one, into one, together, fr. under + , neut. of one. See Hypo-.]
The hyphen is a punctuation mark used to join words and to separate syllables of a single word. The use of hyphens is called hyphenation. The hyphen should not be confused with dashes, which are longer and have different uses, or with the minus sign which is also longer.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hī′fen, n. a short stroke (-) joining two syllables or words.—adj. Hyphen′ic. [Gr. hypo, under, hen, one.]
The hyphen symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the hyphen symbol and its characteristic.
The numerical value of hyphen in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of hyphen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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- شحطة, شرطةArabic
- guionetCatalan, Valencian
- yhdysviiva, yhdysmerkki, tavuviiva, väliviivaFinnish
- tiret, trait d'unionFrench
- sgrìob-cheangail, tàthan, strìochScottish Gaelic
- միության գծիկ, ենթամնա, դեֆիսArmenian
- tracto de unionInterlingua
- tanda penghubungIndonesian
- 붙임표, 하이픈Korean
- BindestréchLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- tohuwehe, tohuhonoMāori
- verbindingsstreepje, koppelteken, afbreektekenDutch
- dywiz, łącznikPolish
- hífen, traçoPortuguese
- bindestreck, divisSwedish
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