American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A punctuation mark ( - ) used between the parts of a compound word or name or between the syllables of a word, especially when divided at the end of a line of text.
- v. To hyphenate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In paleography, a curve placed below the line so as to unite the parts of a compound word, and to indicate that they are not to be separated or read as distinct words: as, —that is,
διόσκουροι, not Διο\ς κου%26ροι; —that is, περικλέονς, not πεπι\ κλέους—that is, antevolans, not ante volans, etc. In its use the hyphen is the exact opposite of the diastole or hypodiastole.
- In writing and printing, a short line (-) used to connect two words or elements: namely, to connect two words which are so used as properly to form a compound word; to join syllables which are for any purpose arbitrarily separated, as in regular syllabication (as in el-e-men-tal), at the end of a line to connect the syllables of a divided word (as in the third line of this paragraph), to indicate the pronunciation (as in the respellings for the pronunciations in this dictionary), and to indicate or separate the etymological parts of a word, stem, affixes, etc., often without regard to the syllables (as in element-al, intro-duct-ion, su-spic-ious). At the end of such an etymological element it indicates a prefix, as a-, in-, pre-, etc.; before au element it indicates a suffix, as -a, -in, -ous, etc.
- To join by a hyphen, as two words, so as to form a compound word. Also hyphenize, hyphenate.
- n. The symbol +, = plus.
- n. 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.
- n. figuratively Something that links two more consequential things.
- v. transitive, dated To separate or punctuate with a hyphen; to hyphenate.
- n. colloquial Used to refer to a person with a hyphenated name
- conj. Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Print.) 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.
- v. To connect with, or separate by, a hyphen, as two words or the parts of a word.
- n. 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
- v. divide or connect with a hyphen
- From Late Latin, from Ancient Greek ὑφέν (hyphen, "together"), contracted from ὑφ' ἕν (hyph' hen, "under one"), from ὑπό (hypo, "under") + ἕν (hen, "one"), neuter of εἷς (heis, "one"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin, from Greek huphen, a sign indicating a compound or two words which are to be read as one, from huph' hen, in one : hupo, under; see hypo- + hen, neuter of heis, one; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Give her a name hyphen this summer so that she becomes Veneta-Sue, and she'll stick to her declared major of Animal Husbandry.”
“You know, that pesky hyphen is just sooooo hard to get in there.”
“Do you mean that yummy-y‘s hyphen is dishonest because you don’t think broccoli is yummy?”
“Having worked a long, long time ago in the desktop publishing business with one of the cheaper programs that was on the market at the time (Ventura Publisher long before it was acquired by Corel), that type of hyphen is put in as a conditional hyphen, not a hard hyphen.”
“A hyphen is the dash in the middle of, for example: part-time.”
“Here, the - ly adverbs necessarily modify the adjectives that follow them, so a connecting hyphen is redundant and, to a sensitive eye, unsightly.”
“Here, a hyphen is “hung” on the end — or, less frequently, the beginning — of part of a phrasal adjective, where there is an omitted element in a common series:”
“Many of the modern builders of what Chordal calls the hyphen Corliss engine claim to have made a great advance by putting a post under the center of the frame, but whether in acknowledgment that the frame would be likely to go down or the stonework come up I could never make out.”
“The guide for whether to keep or remove the hyphen has been the text itself.”
“The hyphen was a very important part of the name, and Mrs. Scrivener-Yapling always insisted upon it.”
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