Definition of tilde
1 : a mark ˜ placed especially over the letter n (as in Spanish señor sir) to denote the sound \nʸ\ or over vowels (as in Portuguese irmã sister) to indicate nasality
2a : the mark tilde used to indicate negation in logic and the geometric relation “is similar to” in mathematicsb : the mark tilde used to indicate an approximate value
Recent Examples of tilde from the Web
Since then, legislative analysts say, the Department of Public Health has interpreted the rule to mean that diacritical marks, such accents (è or á), umlauts (ö or ü) and tildes (ñ or ã), on vital records are unacceptable.
Stripped of its tilde, peña, which means rock, becomes pena, which is Spanish for pity or pain.
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Origin and Etymology of tilde
Spanish, from Medieval Latin titulus tittle
First Known Use: circa 1864See Words from the same year
TILDE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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