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Hyphen

Hyphen

WordNet



noun


(1)   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

verb


(2)   Divide or connect with a hyphen
"Hyphenate these words and names"
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Etymology


From , from , contracted from , from + , neuter of .

Noun



  1. Symbol "-", typically used to join two related words to form a compound noun, or to indicate that a word has been split at the end of a line.

Usage notes


Because the original symbol "-" (technically the hyphen-minus) covered usages aside from hyphenation there have been additional subsequent symbols created for hyphenation needs. They include the "‐" (hyphen), ‑ (non-breaking hyphen) and the non-visible soft hyphen.