Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A symbol ( - ) used in writing or printing to connect continuing or inclusive numbers or to connect elements of a compound adjective when either of the elements is an open compound, as 1880-1945 or Princeton-New York trains.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of en dash and en-dash.

Etymologies

From its being the width of an n in printing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • This is an increase of $22 million over the 1998-99 budget figure of $1,480 million & endash; maintaining the level of the aid program in real terms.

    1999-2000 Aid Budget: Responding to our Neighbours' Needs

  • Package of assistance aimed at poverty alleviation and sustainable development at the grassroots level & endash; including increases for demining, the Human Rights Fund, microfinance and assistance provided directly by

    1999-2000 Aid Budget: Responding to our Neighbours' Needs

  • Organisations (NGO) program & endash; the AusAID NGO

    1999-2000 Aid Budget: Responding to our Neighbours' Needs

  • East Asia and the Pacific & endash; almost $890 million.

    1999-2000 Aid Budget: Responding to our Neighbours' Needs

  • Diagnostics when run suggest that the modem is in use by something else & endash;

    MacWindows

  • Another attempt in May 1783 to get Congress to buy them & endash; this time to give as gifts to the soldiers being discharged -- failed, and Aitken ended up losing over

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  • New generations appear, each temperamentally adjusted & endash; or as I believe our American glossary now has it, 'conditioned' - to new increments of State power, and they tend to take the process of continuous accumulation as quite in order.

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  • I am not clear on why ll continues to be used to separate links instead of space-endash-space, ¶, •, |, or some other character.

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  • Mark: Absolutely, I mean the first lot, you know, if you post something up to a community, your first day's worth of comments are setting the scene and then the following days from that trends will start to emerge & endash; repeated themes & endash; and that's what we were watching for.

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