tilde

noun til·de \ ˈtil-də \

Definition of tilde

1 : a mark ˜ placed especially over the letter n (as in Spanish señor sir) to denote the sound ʸ\ or over vowels (as in Portuguese irmã sister) to indicate nasality
2 a : the mark ~ used to indicate negation in logic and the geometric relation "is similar to" in mathematics
b : the mark ~ used to indicate an approximate value

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Origin and Etymology of tilde

Spanish, from Medieval Latin titulus tittle

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TILDE Defined for English Language Learners

tilde

noun

Definition of tilde for English Language Learners

  • : a mark ⁓ used in some languages (such as Spanish and Portuguese) to show that the letter n is pronounced /nj/ or that a vowel is pronounced in a different way


TILDE Defined for Kids

tilde

noun til·de \ ˈtil-də \

Definition of tilde for Students

: a mark ˜ placed especially over the letter n (as in Spanish señor) to indicate a sound that is approximately \nyə\

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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of tilde


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