What does hyphen mean?

Definitions for hyphen
ˈhaɪ fənhy·phen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hyphen, dash(verb)

    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

  2. hyphenate, hyphen(verb)

    divide or connect with a hyphen

    "hyphenate these words and names"


  1. hyphen(Noun)

    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.

  2. hyphen(Noun)

    Something that links two more consequential things.

  3. hyphen(Verb)

    To separate or punctuate with a hyphen; to hyphenate.

  4. hyphen(Conjunction)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Hyphen(noun)

    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

  2. Hyphen(verb)

    to connect with, or separate by, a hyphen, as two words or the parts of a word

  3. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. "yfe`n, fr. "yf "e`n under one, into one, together, fr. under + , neut. of one. See Hypo-.]


  1. Hyphen

    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

  1. Hyphen

    hī′fen, n. a short stroke (-) joining two syllables or words.—adj. Hyphen′ic. [Gr. hypo, under, hen, one.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hyphen in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hyphen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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