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

Definition of backslash

: a mark \ used especially in computer programming

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Recent Examples on the Web In these cases, adding a backslash in the listing’s title can go a long way. Steve Lang, Car and Driver, "Selling an Unsellable Car? Here’s How," 11 July 2017

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Backslash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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