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backslash

[bak-slash] /ˈbækˌslæʃ/
noun
1.
a short oblique stroke (\), a backward slash, used in some computer operating systems to mark the division between a directory and a subdirectory or its folders, as in designating a path.
Origin of backslash
1975-1980
First recorded in 1975-80; back1 + slash1
Can be confused
backslash, forward slash, virgule.
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British Dictionary definitions for backslash

backslash

noun
1.
a slash which slopes to the left \
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for backslash
n.

1982, new punctuation symbol introduced for computer purposes, from back (adj.) + slash (n.).

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