backslash

[ bak-slash ]
/ ˈbækˌslæʃ /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. backside-front,
  2. backside-to,
  3. backsight,
  4. backslap,
  5. backslapping,
  6. backslide,
  7. backsliding,
  8. backsource,
  9. backspace,
  10. backspin

Origin of backslash

First recorded in 1975–80; back1 + slash1

Can be confusedbackslash forward slash virgule

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British Dictionary definitions for backslash

backslash

noun

a slash which slopes to the left \
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for backslash

backslash

n.

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

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