American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A diacritical mark ( ~ ) placed over the letter n in Spanish to indicate the palatal nasal sound (ny), as in cañon, or over a vowel in Portuguese to indicate nasalization, as in lã, pão.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A diacritic mark (˜) placed over the letter n in Spanish to indicate that it is sounded as a palatal n, or very nearly like n followed by y, as in señor, pronounced sã˙nyôr′ , cañon, pronounced känyôn′ , and hence in English written canyon. This sound is represented in Portuguese by nh, in Italian and French by gn. The mark ˜, also written as a straight dash, like the macron, ¯, was originally a small n, ñ representing nn, as in
añofor anno, from Latin annus. The mark was much used for n or m in medieval mannscripts, and hence in early printed books, being put above the preceding letter to save space: thus, mõumētū for monumentum. The tilde is also used in the Roman notation of Oriental and other languages: thus, ñ for the Sanskrit palatal nasal. It is sometimes used by analogy over l to indicate l followed by y (Spanish and French ll, Portuguese lh, Italian gl).
- n. The grapheme of character ~.
- n. A key found on some types of keyboards.
- n. logic The character used to represent negation, usually ~ or ¬.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The accentual mark placed over n, and sometimes over l, in Spanish words [thus, ñ, �], indicating that, in pronunciation, the sound of the following vowel is to be preceded by that of the initial, or consonantal, y.
- n. 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
- From Spanish tilde, from Latin titulus ("superscript"). (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, alteration of obsolete Catalan title, from Latin titulus, superscription. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The tilde is the ~, probably located at the upper left of your keyboard.”
“Far too many people mistakenly refer to this key as the tilde (~) key because the tilde is the shifted character over the accent grave on standard US keyboards.”
“It's called a tilde, and it lets you turn the gravity off.”
“And I had one other idea convoed to me through Etsy... a "tilde" which is that squiggly punctuation mark used in the Spanish language over an "N".”
“Use a "tilde" e.g.: "~infosys" finds IT companies similar to Infosys 13”
“I need a better domain, one without a tilde which is a pain to type, though once you add it to your Blackberry bookmarks it’s just a click.”
“To type the ñ Press the shift key and the tilde key ~ nothing will happen until you press the n key, when you do it in sequence you will get the ñ.”
“ALABAMA ADOPTS SB 1070-STYLE LAW - The state known far and wide for its history of treating people who don't look like Pat Boone with the utmost respect continued to honor that tradition today when its governor signed a bill that will basically create an environment where white people won't want to be seen near anyone with a tilde in their name.”
“In mine all the Spanish words that had a tilde were misspelled -- a quirk of the computer code apparently.”
“The law prohibits individuals from transporting or in anyway "concealing" undocumented immigrants, requires schools to check the citizenship status of students and, generally speaking, requires non-Hispanic citizens to scream "COOTIES!" every time they find themselves in the presence a caramel-skinned individual or see a tilde on a government form.”
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