backslash

noun
back·​slash | \ ˈbak-ˌslash How to pronounce backslash (audio) \

Definition of backslash

: a mark \ used especially in computer programming

Examples of backslash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, those same power users will want to defenestrate the little laptop, due to its strange rehoming of the backslash key. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "We bought Walmart’s $140 laptop so you wouldn’t have to," 21 June 2020

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First Known Use of backslash

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backslash was in 1979

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“Backslash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backslash. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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backslash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of backslash

: a mark \ that is used for separating written items in computer file names, commands, etc.

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