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backslash

[ bak-slash ]
/ ˈbækˌslæʃ /
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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.

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Origin of backslash

First recorded in 1975–80; back1 + slash1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH backslash

backslash , forward slash, virgule
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British Dictionary definitions for backslash

backslash

noun

a slash which slopes to the left \
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