swung dash


: a character used in printing to conserve space by representing part or all of a previously spelled-out word

Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swung dash was in 1951

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Cite this Entry

“Swung dash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swung%20dash. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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