American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A backward virgule ( ).
- n. The punctuation mark \.
- n. computing, rare Used erroneously in reference to, or in reading out, the ordinary slash, that is, the punctuation mark /.
- v. computing, transitive To escape (a metacharacter) by prepending a backslash that serves as an escape character, thereby forming an escape sequence.
- back + slash, because it is sloped back against the direction of writing, in contrast to the common slash / ("slash, solidus, oblique, forward slash"). (Wiktionary)
“Obviously techniques like this will cause a backslash from the users.”
“Each of the terms beginning with a backslash is a LaTeX command.”
“A backslash is a good character, except it must be escaped with a backslash, and makes the sed script obscure.”
“As in curly-brace languages, the backslash is the escape indicator.”
“A backslash (\) followed by any special character matches the literal character itself; that is, the backslash escapes the special character.”
“Waiting for my 'backslash' comment to show up from several hours ago, Greedy.”
“Sooner or later you will meet a person who types out the words "backslash" or forgets to plug in the power cord.”
“Actually, LFP, I was thinking “backslash-A”, but whatever ….”
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names of punctuation marks, accent marks, and other graphic signs and graphical characters used in printed, written, or digital text.
Words that are often used to mean something other than what they mean to lexicographers.
of the back; behind; prior
Being a list of the proper names of glyphs, both exotic and common, found in the typographer's toolbox.
Marks, symbols, and funny squiggly lines in typography.
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