backslash

noun

back·​slash ˈbak-ˌslash How to pronounce backslash (audio)
: 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, 21 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

backslash

noun
back·​slash -ˌslash How to pronounce backslash (audio)
: a mark \ used especially in computer programming
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