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swung dash

a mark of punctuation (∼) used in place of a word or part of a word previously spelled out.
Origin of swung dash
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for swung dash

swung dash

a mark, ~, traditionally used in text to indicate the omission of a word or part of a word
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swung dash in Technology

A character similar to tilde but appearing in the same vertical position as a dash, i.e. half way up rather than at the top like tilde. ASCII does not include a swung dash so tilde is used instead.
It is commonly used for "approximates" or "is approximately equal to".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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