What does tilde mean?

Definitions for tildeˈtɪl də

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tilde(noun)

    a diacritical mark (~) placed over the letter n in Spanish to indicate a palatal nasal sound or over a vowel in Portuguese to indicate nasalization


  1. tilde(Noun)

    The grapheme of character ~.

  2. tilde(Noun)

    A key found on some types of keyboards.

  3. tilde(Noun)

    The character used to represent negation, usually ~ or u00AC.

  4. Origin: From tilde, from titulus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tilde(noun)

    the accentual mark placed over n, and sometimes over l, in Spanish words [thus, –, /], indicating that, in pronunciation, the sound of the following vowel is to be preceded by that of the initial, or consonantal, y.


  1. Tilde

    The tilde is a grapheme with several uses. The name of the character comes from Portuguese and Spanish, from the Latin titulus meaning "title" or "superscription", though the term "tilde" has evolved and now has a different meaning in linguistics. Some may refer to it as a "flourish". It was originally written over a letter as a mark of abbreviation, as a "mark of suspension", shown as a straight line when used with capitals. Thus the commonly used words Anno Domini were frequently abbreviated to Ao Dñi an elevated terminal with a suspension mark placed above the "n". Such mark could denote the omission of one letter or several letters. This saved on the expense of the scribe's labour and the cost of vellum and ink. Mediaeval European charters written in Latin are largely made up of such abbreviated words with suspension marks, with few being given in full, generally only uncommon words. It has since acquired a number of other uses as a diacritic mark or a character in its own right. These are encoded in Unicode at U+0303 ◌̃ combining tilde and U+007E ~ tilde, and there are additional similar characters for different roles. In lexicography, the latter kind of tilde and the swung dash are used in dictionaries to indicate the omission of the entry word.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tilde

    til′dē, n. the diacritical sign over n in Spanish—thus ñ. [Sp.,—L. titulus, a title.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tilde in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tilde in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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